BEND, Ore. (AP) – Klamath County officials say someone broke into a ballot box and threw the mail-in ballots into a nearby dumpster.

The Bulletin reports that the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the 240 ballots were stolen. County Clerk Linda Smith says the state Elections Division says the recovered ballots can still be counted.

Klamath County residents were voting on whether to overturn their county’s ban on marijuana dispensaries and on candidates for a state Senate seat.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Molly Woon says anyone whose ballot was not turned in by Monday evening will not have their vote counted. She says stealing ballots is a felony and something the state takes very seriously.Last-minute voters heading to drop boxes as deadline nears

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Last-minute Oregon voters are heading to drop boxes around the state to make sure their mail ballots get counted before the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

The presidential race has generated a lot of enthusiasm among Oregonians, with about 160,000 adding their names to the rolls of the two major parties this year – mostly Democrats.

It’s not yet clear how many of those newly registered voters will actually vote. But the secretary of state’s office says more than 1 million votes may be cast in this primary.

Many people wait until the last day or two to fill out their ballots, and then take them to drop boxes.