State lawmakers hear case for election-day postmarks on ballots

Ballots wait to be counted at the Multnomah County Elections office. Lawmakers consider legislation on ballot postmarks.

Oregon, the nation's first state to conduct all elections by mail, would join the ranks of other states to accept ballots postmarked by election day under legislation heard Thursday, Feb. 11.

House bills 2226 and 2687, heard by the House Rules Committee, are nearly identical, except that HB 2226 by Rep. Marty Wilde, D-Eugene, would allow third-party collection of ballots only on election day itself.