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Voters hit the drop boxes early

Ballot drop boxes in Eugene were busy with early voters casting their vote by mail for the November election.

Posted: Oct 18, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2020 12:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Ballot drop boxes in Eugene were busy on Sunday -- filled with eager people, ready to vote.

"I got my ballot yesterday and I voted today," said Lisa Graham. "So, I'm super excited!"

Some voters are reluctant to vote in person this year because of safety concerns. Graham believes that mail-in voting is a good alternative.

"It's been very safe for us for many years," she said.

Oregon has been voting by mail for 20 years. As states across the country adapt to the new voting process, we're seeing a record number of voters turning out.

Political analyst Harry Enten says that we're seeing a high number of absentee ballot requests, which he says is due in part of the pandemic.

"At this point four years ago, far less people were voting early," he said." "We're up to 22 million (votes) so, triple the number of people have voted so far this election than the equivalent point 4 years ago.

While the latest early voting numbers may point to a record turn out in the November election, people like Graham believe you still need to vote.

"Please, people, vote early!"

Ballot return envelopes can be sent through the mail until October 27th or taken to any official drop box across the state by 8 p.m. on November 3rd.

To find a ballot drop box in your area or check on the status of your ballot after turning it in, you can go to the Oregon My Vote system for more information. 

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