Editorial: Vote: It's now or never

    Admit it: Your official ballot in today's special election is still sitting on your kitchen counter. Oregon gives you the easiest way yet to cast a ballot, but you still haven't gotten around to it, and now it's too late to mail it.

    Well, don't feel bad, because you're not alone. We know that because, as of Monday, just 33.5 percent of Jackson County's eligible voters had turned in a ballot. That's 48,992 out of 146,200.

    That's better than the state as a whole: just 28.3 percent of 2.6 million had voted.

    The good news is, there's still time, but you have to deliver your ballot, either to the Elections Department in Medford or to the official drop box at the Ashland library. South county residents also can use the box at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. The elections office is at 1101 W. Main St. in Medford. There's a curbside drop box there, so you don't even have to get out of your car.

    But make sure you do it before 8 p.m., or it won't be counted.

    Ballot Measure 101, in case you've been living under a rock for the past several months, asks voters to approve or reject the health care provider tax approved by lawmakers last summer to fund Medicaid for low-income Oregonians for the next two years. Details and arguments for and against are in the Voters' Pamphlet, which is also likely on your kitchen counter. So dig out both, and vote.


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