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U of O Duck And Secretary Of State Kate Brown Encourage Students To Vote

Karen Richards

What do Voodoo Doughnuts, the U of O duck, and  Oregon’s Secretary of State have in common? They were all on campus today (Monday) encouraging students to vote.

Dozens of students dropped their ballots in the box at U of O’s Erb Memorial Union at the event. Many stopped to talk to Scott Coltrane, the university’s interim president, and Kate Brown, Oregon’s Secretary of State. Brown says turnout is slightly behind where it was four years ago, but she’s confident the final numbers will at least equal that election:

Brown: “First of all, we have a very high number of new registers this year, actually the highest ever in a non-presidential year. And second of all there’s very active efforts throughout the entire state for folks to get their ballots in. From Facebook to Voodoo Doughnuts.”

Brown praised the Oregon Student Association for registering over 55,000 students this fall, more than they’d ever done before. It’s too late to mail in ballots. They must be dropped in an official drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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