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Officials Say Primary Election Is On Track And Going Smoothly

Rachael McDonald

The deadline to vote in the primary is approaching.

Here in Oregon, where we vote by mail, officials say the election is on-track and going smoothly. Lane County ElectionsManager Cheryl Betschart says because of the coronavirus, her office has not been open to walk-ins. But they’re available by phone for questions or concerns. She says they’ve made adjustments for 6 foot social distancing.

“We do have masks.” Betschart says,  “We do have gloves. We certainly are handwashing more frequently. So, we have adjusted some of our processes internally. But that should not show any impact to the voters and in releasing results. Everything is going as planned.”

Betschart says she expects results to be available by 8 p.m. election night. To ensure ballots are received by the 8 p.m. deadline on May 19th, the post office recommends they are mailed no later than Wednesday. Oregon no longer requires postage on ballots.

After that, they can be taken to an official ballot drop site.  

Betschart says the Lane County Elections office will be open this Friday and on Monday and Tuesday, Election Day, with masks and social distancing required.

Oregon Elections website: oregonvotes.gov

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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