JoCO ballot boxes to be refurbished, returned with new county logo

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Josephine County’s official ballot boxes are undergoing scheduled maintenance and will return to county streets with fresh paint and new branding.
Josephine County maintenance crews removed the five official ballot boxes on the morning of June 22 and transported them to Grants Pass Collision. There, the boxes will be cleaned, stripped down and refurbished, a process that should take two to three weeks. After that, the boxes will be decked out with the county’s new logo, which was formally approved in February 2020.
“I can’t wait for our residents to see these refurbished ballot boxes,” said Rhiannon Henkels, Josephine County clerk. “While Oregon residents can return their ballots by mail, we know many prefer to use these boxes to return their completed ballots straight to us.”
In the May 2022 primary election, more than 60 percent of Josephine County voters returned their ballots using a county ballot box.
All ballot boxes will be returned to their original locations except for the Merlin box, which will be relocated to the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 3500 Merlin Road. This ballot box had been located on Monument Drive.