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Ashland hits voter-turnout target

Ashland voter turnout has topped the 50 percent mark, a benchmark required for tax measures in nongeneral elections.

As of about 1:40 p.m. today, 52.9 percent of voters in the Ashland School District had cast their ballots, the Jackson County Elections Office reported. Countywide, 49.2 percent of voters have turned in ballots.

"It's picked up and that's good," Jackson County Clerk Kathy Beckett said. "People are voting."

Ashland voters have a chance to decide on a Youth Activities and Academics Levy to support school activities.

In Gold Hill, residents will choose a new City Council member to replace one recalled six months ago. Candidates are Kathleen Price, who was recalled, Mike Ely and Randy "Bucky" Steffen.

Two statewide measures also appear on the ballot — Measure 49 to clarify land-use regulations and exemptions, and Measure 50 to amend the state Constitution to increase a tobacco tax to fund children's health insurance.

Beckett said she expects more votes to come in this afternoon and evening. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m.

Ballots can be dropped off at any of these

drop sites.