Jackson County district election turnout under 17 percent

    Turnout for Tuesday's district election is lagging at 16.9 percent, said Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.

    “It’s a really, really slow election,” she said. “We’ll probably be close to 20 percent.”

    District elections typically draw about 19 to 30 percent turnout, Walker said. Tax measures generally determine voter participation, and this year only Ashland has a school district levy on its ballot. Districts with contested seats include Medford, Central Point and Eagle Point schools, Rogue Valley Transportation District, and Applegate Valley, Colestin and Greensprings fire districts.

    “It’s a shame that we don’t have higher participation in these elections,” Walker said. "They're the ones deciding where your local taxes go."

    Walker reminds voters they have until 8 p.m. Tuesday and to sign their ballot before submission, although elections staff will send voters a notice if there's a problem with their signature.

    “At this point, do not mail these ballots,” Walker said.

    Voters may drop their ballots off at the following locations until 8 p.m. election day at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

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