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Oregon Primary Shifts Into Next Phase

Ballots for most Oregon voters should be mailed out starting April 27.
Chris Lehman
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Northwest News Network
Ballots for most Oregon voters should be mailed out starting April 27.

The Oregon primary is still more than a month away, but ballots are already going out in the mail to some voters. And starting Tuesday, campaigns will have to report finance transactions on a timelier basis.

The deadline to vote in Oregon is May 17. But thousands of ballots are already in the mail for voters temporarily living abroad or those serving in the military. Ballots for everybody else get mailed starting April 27.

Another sign of the primary getting closer is that campaigns will soon have to report spending and contributions within a week of when the transaction occurs. That's meant to make it harder for candidates to hide information about big donors or advertising blitzes until after the election.

And yet another sign that campaign season is upon us: actual signs, of course. That's prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to issue its regular warning against placing political signs on the highway right of way. ODOT said it has the right to remove illegally posted signs without notice.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.