Counties rush to find new mailer before primary

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Marion, Polk and Benton counties are scrambling to find a new ballot mailer before the May 15 primary after Mid-Valley Pre-sort & Mailing closed without warning.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/H6wFgV ) there are about 230,000 ballots to be mailed from Marion, Polk and Benton counties, of which nearly 50,000 are in Benton County.

Benton County elections supervisor Jill VanBuren says she expects to sign a contract with a new ballot mailer soon.

VanBuren says it is less expensive to contract for ballot delivery to postal sorting centers with a private company than to rent a van or truck and have part-time employees make the delivery.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com