New ballot boxes installed throughout county

From: Dylan Blaylock, Community Relations Specialist, 503-742-5917

Media and Interested Parties

New locations for some boxes; Enhancements include greater accessibility and security

The Clackamas County Clerk’s office has installed new ballot boxes throughout the county during the last several weeks. The new ballot boxes bring improvements in a number of areas. 

Specifically, the new boxes have:

  • Enhanced security: The new boxes are specifically designed to secure vote-by-mail ballots. The overall design of the boxes will guard deposited ballots from unauthorized access and potential damage from Pacific Northwest weather.
  • Increased capacity: Many of these new boxes double the capacity of the previous boxes. 
  • Improved visibility: Flag holders are attached to each box. This allows each box to be equipped with an American flag while the election period is open. This makes each box easily visible to any voter looking for them, and provides a reminder to residents to vote. 
  • Improved accessibility: The new boxes are designed to be ADA compliant and will be available to the public 24/7 during an election. Many boxes are positioned to allow voters to drive up to the ballot box and deposit their ballot without exiting their vehicle.  

“Election security is of paramount importance to me,” stated Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall, who shepherded the changes. “Residents can rest assured that their ballots are going to be safe and counted.” 

All of the old ballot boxes are expected to be replaced with the new ones by Oct. 9. 

Along with these new boxes, some locations have changed. Boxes were relocated for one of two reasons. 

  1. All ballot boxes are now outdoors. This increases voter accessibility as outside boxes are open 24/7 during an election, whereas those previously located inside public buildings were only accessible during the building’s open hours. 
     
  2. New locations bring improved geographic accessibility. For example, in Lake Oswego, the two boxes were previously located at Lake Oswego City Hall and the Lake Oswego Library, just three blocks from each other. Now, the library box has been replaced with a box in West Lake Oswego (4 miles away), to better serve residents in that general vicinity  

“The actions we’ve taken eliminate barriers to voting,” stated Hall. “Our boxes will be visible and accessible to all and, for many of our voters, the box will be a lot closer to them.”  

The updated ballot box locations are listed below. 

Updated ballot box locations

*Drive-up ballot drop access
²Box location moved or brand-new location

Clackamas County Elections*
1710 Red Soils Court
Oregon City, OR 97045

Boring – Clackamas County Bank*²
28500 SE Highway 212
Boring, OR 97009

Canby Civic Building
222 NE 2nd Ave.
Canby, OR 97013

Canby – Arneson Garden*²
249 S. Sequoia Parkway
Canby, OR 97013

Clackamas Community College – Harmony²
7738 SE Harmony Road
Milwaukie, OR 97222

ColtonTel*
20983 S Highway 211
Colton, OR 97017

Damascus Square* 
19830-20000 SE Highway 212
Damascus, OR 97089

Estacada City Hall
475 SE Main St.
Estacada, OR 97022

Estacada Public Library*
825 NW Wade St.
Estacada, OR 97022

Gladstone City Hall
525 Portland Ave. 
Gladstone, OR 97027

Happy Valley City Hall*
16000 SE Misty Drive
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Happy Valley Library
13793 SE Sieben Park Way
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Hoodland Public Library
24525 E Welches Road
Welches, OR 97067

Lake Oswego City Hall*
380 A Ave.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Lake Oswego – Westlake Park*²
14165 Bunick Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Milwaukie City Hall² 
10722 SE Main St.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Milwaukie Public Safety Building
3200 SE Harrison St.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Molalla Public Library*
201 E. 5th St.
Molalla, OR 97038

Oak Lodge Library
16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267

Oregon City – City Hall*
625 Center St.
Oregon City, OR 97045

Sandy City Hall (back side)
39250 Pioneer Blvd.
Sandy, OR 97055

Sandy Public Library*
38980 Proctor Blvd.
Sandy, OR 97055

West Linn City Hall
22500 Salamo Road 
West Linn, OR 97068

West Linn Public Library
1595 Burns St.
West Linn, OR 97068

Wilsonville City Hall*²
29799 Town Center Loop E
Wilsonville, OR 97070