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Statewide Voter Turnout A Bit Low


Oregon generally has one of the highest voter turnouts in the nation, attributed to the vote by mail system.

 

Secretary of State Kate Brown says with almost 32% of ballots received throughout the state so far, it is slower than in 2008, but she's expecting a change soon.

 

"We’re pretty steady, but we're a little lower than in 2008. But we anticipate that will change. I think one of the wonderful benefits of vote by mail is that Oregonians have had their voter’s pamphlets in their hands for almost 3 weeks. And their ballots in their hands for 2 1/2 weeks. And they can sit around the kitchen table with their friends and family and take as much time as they need in the privacy of their own home."

 

In the 2008 election, voter turnout reached almost 86% and Brown predicts that this time it will be lower than that: in the mid to high 70's.

 

It may be a little late to mail in your ballot now and many drop boxes are now open, so officials suggest you drive by and drop in your ballot before 8 p-m on November 6th.


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