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KLCC News will be covering many aspects of the May 2014 Primary Election. Visit this page for all election related stories.

Primary Election Turnout Sluggish So Far

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The deadline to vote in Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday. Voters have until 8 p.m. to drop off their ballots at official county drop sites. Statewide turn-out so far is just under 20 percent.

As of Monday morning, just over 41 thousand Lane County voters had cast their ballots. Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says that’s about 20 percent of registered voters.

Betschart: “The past primary elections have ranged between 37 percent and 42 percent. This return for this specific election has been lower than those returns prior. So, I don’t believe we’re going to get up that high but certainly we’d like to see it go much higher than the 20 percent we’ve received through this morning.”

Betschart expects an influx of last-minute ballots Monday and Tuesday.
The first results of the primary election will be posted at the Lane County elections website just after 8 p.m.
 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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