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Oregon Voter Turnout Better Than National

Rachael McDonald

Nationally, turnout for this week's election was at an all-time low -- about 42 percent. But in Oregon it was on par with previous midterm elections at just under 70 percent. Election officials attribute this to the state's vote by mail system.

Tony Green is spokesman for Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.

Green: "Vote-by-mail has proven to be extremely effective in maintaining turnout in elections other than when the president is on the ballot. In presidential elections voters typically get very excited and they turn out and, in those elections, Oregon does fine, but the states that do really well are the states with same-day voter registration."

Green says Oregon typically has interesting ballot measures in addition to the governor's race during mid-term elections which generates voter interest. The election results will be certified on December 4th.

November 2014 Election results

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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