Primary Election Nears

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, May 11 2012 at 4:22 PM, Updated: Fri, May 11 2012 at 4:38 PM

There are 17 candidates in the running for 3 key positions in the Klamath County primary election.

There are 8 candidates running for Klamath County Sheriff, and there are a couple different ways Tuesday's results will finish up in November...

"If one of the candidates receives over 50% of the votes, their name alone would go on to the general election ballot."  Notes Klamath County Clerk Linda Smith.  But, if none of the Sheriff's candidates get more than half the vote, the top two will face each other in a run-off in November.

Smith adds that the rules are different in the two partisan races for Klamath County commissioner...

"The candidate with the most votes on the democratic side, and republican side would go on to the general election ballot."

While all four candidates running for commissioner position '3' are republicans, Smith cautions that doesn't necessarily mean the winner will be running unopposed in November...

"There may be non-affiliated voters that collect signatures over the summer to go on, or minor parties that can nominate candidates from their party to be on the ballot."

Smith says she's also been asked if passage of a Klamath Falls city school tax levy will require a super majority turnout...

"The law is that any election in May, or November election now does not require a 50 percent turnout."

It's too late to mail in your ballot.  County clerks must receive those ballots by 8 Tuesday evening.

It's important to note that this story applies to the election in Klamath County.  Different laws and ordinances may apply in other Oregon counties, or city elections in other areas.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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