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Another weekend since ballots went out made little difference in voter participation. As of Tuesday voters in the May 21st Special Election had only returned 2057 ballots amounting to a 9.7% return.
Unless there is some controversial issue before voters, a low turn-out is typical of special elections. There are three countywide elections on the ballot that include three positions on the five member Port Of Astoria Commission. Even though it is called "Port Of Astoria" the district is countywide and each commissioner is elected at large. The Sunset Empire Transit District has four of it's director positions up for election with most uncontested. There is no contest for three positions on the Clatsop Community College Board.
Some special districts failed to attract candidates to some open positions including the Gearhart Fire Protection District, Elsie-Vinemaple Rural Fire Protection District, to name two. The Westport-Wanna Fire Protection District attracted no candidates at all.
There are no countywide issues in this election but the vote opn how Warrenton elects it's Mayor is interesting and if approved would make the office of Mayor a publically voted at-large position. The measure would change the city charter which now allows the city commissioners to select one of their number of act as Mayor There are some money measures affecting individual Fire Districts. One for Cannon Beach asks voters if they would like to continue funding the position of 'Fire Cheif".
Ballots are due back to the County Clerk by 8:00pm May 21st and postmarks do not count.
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