Primary Election Voter Turnout Low

VoteEUGENE, Ore. — Tuesday is election day and voter turnout is relatively low this year. Lane County typically sees 37 to 42 percent turnout for a primary election. But at 21 percent this year, it’s one of the lowest turnouts so far.

The elections office says two things really compel people to vote. One is that there are measures on the ballot, there are two for Lane County. The other is if there are contested races, and there are three in Lane County.

Both measures on the ballot would use funds to improve school facilities. The first, filed by the Fern Ridge school district, is a $26.6 million bond that would go toward replacing Elmira High School. The second measure is for Pleasant Hill schools. The district is asking for $17.9 million.

Lane County residents will also have the chance to vote on three different positions. They’re all county commissioners, one for West Lane County, one for Springfield and one for East Lane County.

The elections office is hoping to get more ballots throughout the day.

“On election day we can get anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 ballots on just that one day, so we’re hoping voters are going to decide to get that ballot and open the envelope, take a look at the issues and get that turned in to us,” says Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart.

Voters have until 8 p.m. to turn in their ballots. They must be dropped off at drop sites.

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