Election turnout remains high as voting deadline approaches (copy)

In this November 2018 file photo, Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship checks for voter signatures while collecting ballots at the drop-off site in downtown Bend. 

Nancy Blankenship, Deschutes County clerk, will retire at the end of July after nearly 20 years of service.

“I’m at a point in life where I’m ready to spend time with family and friends,” Blankenship said in a written statement. “It’s time to start working on the bucket list I’ve been accumulating over the years.”

Blankenship, who oversees the county's elections and property recording records, was appointed in 2003 and has been reelected four times. She previously served for 15 years as the city of Redmond’s recorder, according to Deschutes County.

In a written statement, County Administrator Tom Anderson thanked Blankenship for her 18 years of service.

“She has been an incredibly knowledgeable resource for both staff and our community. We thank her for her immense contributions to our organization," Anderson wrote.

The Deschutes County Commission will consider Wednesday appointing Election Supervisor Steve Dennison as the interim county clerk.

If he is appointed and wants to continue in the job, Dennison would have to run for office in the fall of 2022.

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