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KLCC News is covering many aspects of Oregon's May 2016 Primary Election. View KLCC's primary related stories below.OREGON PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

Will More Registered Oregon Voters Translate Into High Turnout?

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The Oregon Secretary of State’s office says more than 50,000 new voters have been added to the rolls thanks to the state’s new motor voter law.

Whether that translates to a high turnout for the May 17th primary remains to be seen. Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says so far about 21% of voters have turned in ballots.
 “We would expect and plan for possibly 60 to 64 percent turnout,” Betschart says. “But every election is unique and so we really don’t know for sure what voters are going to do but we certainly know that there’s a lot of interest in this election so we would expect the ballot returns to increase all the way from now through election day at 8 o’clock.”
At this point, Betschart recommends voters hand-deliver ballots at official county drop boxes or elections offices in order to make sure they get counted. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Tuesday May 17th.

Betschart says the U.S. Postal Service has informed County Elections offices that processing ballots can take 5-7 days.
So, she recommended that if people mail in their ballots Wednesday May 11th would be the latest day to do so and ensure that they’re received in time to be counted.

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.