ONTARIO — Ontario residents will begin receiving ballots for a special election in the mail late next week. They will be mailed out on June 16, according to an email from Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter on Tuesday evening. Citizens who are not registered to vote still have time do so for this election, which will have voters deciding whether Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez should be recalled from his seat. Voter registration is open through June 15, according to Trotter.

Election day will be on July 6, and ballots can be mailed back (however, postmarks will not count, so the recommendation is to do so as soon as possible). Otherwise, ballots can be dropped into the official Election Drop Boxes outside of the Ontario Community Library and outside the Malheur County Courthouse in Vale at the drive-thru box in the back parking lot of the courthouse. Those boxes are open 24/7 thru Election Day, when they close at 8 p.m.

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