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Washington County • Elections • Politics October 30
County turnout is 64.2% four days from election's end
Oregon’s voters will likely surpass the total number of ballots cast in the 2018 midterm election this evening. At 8:55 a.m. Friday morning, the state said that 1,806,172 ballots had been cast statewide, representing a 61.2% turnout. In 2018, there were 1,873,891 votes cast for the midterm elections.
FreeBanks • Education • Coronavirus October 30
State loosens COVID-19 standards for some counties, school districts
For the Banks School District, spiking COVID-19 case counts in Washington County mean no return to in-person classes for foreseeable future. The district is planning to continue comprehensive distance learning through January 29, but could begin to pivot to in-person classes starting with younger grades if the county meets COVID-19 reopening metrics.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 29
Thursday vote tally sees Washington County surpass average state turnout by 1.5%
After lagging behind the state average voter turnout since voting began, Washington County firmly surpassed the state average Thursday morning by 1.5%, though still lagging behind Multnomah and Clackamas Counties.
Opinion • Letter to the Editor • Politics October 29
Letters to the Editor: Vote Republican
A letter to the editor regarding Oregon Politics. Something on your mind? We will publish one final batch of letters should we receive any more regarding the 2020 election on Monday, November 2 at 9 a.m.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 28
More than 1.5 million voters have cast a ballot in Oregon so far
In today's electoral update, we cover the numbers and a reminder that it's too late to vote by mail - drop your ballot off at one of Washington County's 21 drop sites.
Banks • Government • Washington County Sheriff's Office October 28
Washington County Sheriff's Office launches Banks-specific Facebook page
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has launched a Facebook page for their operations in the city of Banks, with deputies Frank Ward and Ryan Pope largely responsible for the page's upkeep.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government October 27
Gov. Brown extends declaration of a state of emergency into 2021
Governor Kate Brown has extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency, originally made on March 8, into 2021.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 27
County officials: Today is last day to safely mail ballots; use drop site starting Wednesday
“Washington County elections officials are asking voters to use one of these official ballot dropsites as early as possible so all ballots can be processed in a timely manner,” Washington County said in a press release.
Banks • Government • Elections October 27
In city election, only competitive race is for mayor
The position of mayor is an open seat after current Mayor Pete Edison filed instead to run for city council. In the last week of the election cycle, the choice is between current city councilor Stephanie Jones and political newcomer Jonathon Boyer
Oregon • Weather • Government October 27
Daylight Saving Time ends early morning of November 1
Sunday, November 1 will have 25 hours instead of the usual 24 as the end of daylight saving time happens at 2 a.m., rolling back to 1 a.m. for a do over of the past hour.
Banks • Elections • Politics October 26
County voter turnout closes gap with state turnout
Rumors that an annexation measure for voters in the city of Banks has appeared on the ballot for registered voters outside of city limits could not be verified by the Washington County Elections office. Meanwhile, county voter turnout sits at 39.2%, compared to statewide average of 40.3%.
Banks • Weather October 25
Banks, it's cold outside
Temperatures will plummet Sunday night, prompting a 'Freeze Warning' from the Portland National Weather Service beginning 1 a.m. through 10 a.m. Monday morning.

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