CANYON CITY – Grant County’s voter turnout for the general election was lagging at just 24 percent as of Monday, according to County Clerk Kathy McKinnon.

She said voters have been waiting longer in recent elections, but the turnout usually runs about 80 percent for general elections. That means voters need to get going, she added.

The deadline is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Ballots can still be mailed to the Clerk’s Office, but since postmarks don’t count, hand delivery may be a safer bet as the election day nears.

Voters can drop off ballot at the Clerk’s Office or in the outside collection box behind the County Courthouse in Canyon City. Ballot boxes also are located at the Grant County Library, the city halls in Mt. Vernon and Prairie City, and the Senior Center in John Day.  

Voters in Grant County will elect a new county clerk to succeed McKinnon, who is retiring. Candidates are Brenda Percy, deputy county clerk; Dana Brooks, director of     the Grant County Commission on Children and Families; Andrea Officer, secretary/office specialist at Seneca School; and Vicki Waters, Grant County assistant librarian.

  Local voters also face a choice for county commissioner, with the Republican incumbent Boyd Britton challenged by Democrat Nancy Nickel.

The ballot also includes an array of city council races, statewide measures and elected posts.

Election results won’t be available by press time next week, but the Eagle will post the unofficial tallies Tuesday night, with updates Wednesday, online at

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