Voter Ballot Returns on Track

EUGENE, Ore. — With eight days until Election Day, ballots are arriving daily at County Board of Elections offices.

With a presidential election, the offices are preparing to process thousands of ballots.

“We see the biggest surge of ballot returns the day before the elections, and the weekend before elections and on elections day and that’s been the pattern many years, for most types of elections,” said Cheryl Betschart, Lane County Clerk.

Most county elections offices expect a voter turnout between 80 and 90 percent; however, the current rates are low in each county. So far, in Lane County the voter turnout rate is at 20.4 percent, in Benton and Coos counties the rate is about 21 percent, Douglas County is at 22.42 percent and Linn County is at 27 percent.

There are key issues and key races on this years ballot. All 60 Oregon House of Representative seats and 14 of the 30 Senate seats are up for grabs.

Elections officials are urging voters to make sure they check both sides of the ballot and verify it’s signed before turning it in.

Ballots can be mailed, taken to drop boxes or delivered in person.

Voters can track their ballots online at oregonvotes.gov.

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