The deadline to register for the May primary election is approaching.

Residents must register with the Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office by 5 p.m. on April 24 to be eligible to vote May 15. Registrations can be handed into the office at 820 Exchange St. or postmarked by the deadline. Forms are available at the elections office, U.S. post offices, public libraries, state Department of Motor Vehicles offices or online through the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.

Residents are required to register if they wish to either vote for the fist time or change their party affiliation, and the county has urged those who have moved to fill out the proper forms. The Independent Party of Oregon has opened its primary election for anyone who is not a member of a specific party. Those ballots must be requested through the county website or the elections office before the registration deadline.

Candidates are running for state House District 32, the 1st Congressional District and three seats on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. Additionally, four tax levies — for the Lewis and Clark Rural Fire Department, Clatskanie Rural Fire Department, Warrenton Police Department and the Clatsop Care Health District — will also be on the ballot.

Ballots will be mailed out starting April 25. One voter pamphlet per each registered household will arrive before ballots are sent out. More information can be found at the county website or at (503) 325-8511.

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