When Portland divorce lawyer Jody Stahancyk mailed her Multnomah County ballot on Oct. 26, she wasn't expecting to be reunited with it.

But several days after dropping it with the U.S. Postal Service, it was returned to her home, apparently because the post office turned it over, stamped it on the wrong side and read Stahancyk's return address printed on the back of the envelope as the delivery address.

That's not entirely uncommon, says Eric Sample of Multnomah County's elections division. "It does occasionally happen," he says.

Which is why it's important to mail your ballot as early as possible, if you do plan to mail it!

Today, Thursday Nov. 3, is the last day to do so safely in the Portland region. (Tuesday was the deadline for other parts of the state, including rural counties with slower mail service.)

If you're like Stahancyk, you'll be dropping your ballot off at a local library or drop box instead.

Friendly reminder:

Unlike with state and federal tax returns that must be postmarked by April 15, postmarks don't count in Oregon elections. Ballots must arrive by 8 pm on Election Day to count.