Good Sunday morning!
Lots of news happening in Malheur County and your professional team at the Enterprise is on top of it.
The Halloween forecast doesn’t look bad as the National Weather Service says we’ll have a mostly sunny day on Monday with a high of 63 and rain holding off until most trick-or-treaters have finished their rounds and nodded off with dreams of that bag of candy.
On the election front:
Nonaffiliated voters, who make up the largest bloc in Malheur County, so far are sitting out the 2022 general election, according to the most recent data from the state Elections Division.
As of Friday, just 5 percent of the county’s 8,235 voters are nonaffiliated had returned ballots for the mail-in election. That compares to 15 percent of the county’s 2,383 registered Democrats and 20 percent of the Republican 6,367 voters.
Overall, the county voting rate is slightly higher than the state – 12.5 percent vs 11.4 percent but lags surrounding counties. The voting rate so for is 14.7 percent in Baker County, 17 percent in Harney County and 19.7 percent in Grant County.
Remember, ballots can be mailed by Election Day and still be counted.
If you have any questions about the election or voting, contact the Malheur County Clerk’s Office at 541- 473-5151.
On the money front:
The Malheur County Court is scheduled to hear a pitch to give $2 million to the Treasure Valley Reload Center. The county is expecting but hasn’t received a fresh helping of federal money that this year would come to $6 million. The presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. You can watch the court session live (the link to do so is HERE with access code 299-510-653) or you can attend in person at the Malheur County Courthouse. There is a portion of the meeting reserved for public comment.
The Enterprise will publish an updated story about all of this on Monday but early details are in a story from last week, linked below.
So, Malheur County, get out your ballots and get out your costumes – a busy week ahead for us all.
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