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Still Too Close To Call For Lincoln County Pesticide Measure

Rachael McDonald

We won’t know the final vote count on a ballot measure to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County until early June. The ordinance is currently passing with a 27 vote margin.

Amy Southwell is with the Lincoln County Clerk’s office. She says there are at least 90 ballots that were submitted without signatures, and can’t be counted. But, she says, voters have 2 weeks to come in and sign their ballots. There are also ballots that were turned into drop sites in other counties that are expected to trickle in over the next couple of weeks.
“It’s kind of like a waiting game. So we’re just trying to get everything we can in our office, meaning every little detail finished so that when those come in, we’re ready to go and have it all updated for the public.”
If the vote is still as close as it is right now, it will trigger an automatic recount. The Lincoln County Clerk has until June 5th to certify the election. Measure 21-177 is one of several community rights measures in Oregon. A Coos County measure to stop a natural gas pipeline terminal failed in Tuesday’s election.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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