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Ballots go out to record voter tally in Malheur County

"Downtown" Ironside is generally a quiet place, with a stand of mailboxes serving as the post office. The Ironside precinct posted a nearly 100% participation in the 2016 presidential election. All 37 voters registered there cast ballots, but one ballot was rejected. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

VALE – Now, it’s the voters' turn.

Nearly 17,000 voters in Malheur County get their say in helping settle the political question of the year: Who will be president in January 2021?

Ballots were being mailed out this week to a record number of registered voters across the county.

Based on figures as of Oct. 6, the county had 16,757 registered voters – up 2,592 from the last presidential election. Much of that is from registrations by voters not affiliated with any party – a category up 51 . . .