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There's Still Time To Vote: Primary Deadline 8 P.M. Today


As of Monday, a little more than 30 percent of Oregon voters had turned in their ballots for Tuesday's primary election.

Cheryl Betschart is Lane County Clerk and Elections Manager. She says despite the COVID-19 pandemic, she expects turnout to be on par with similar primaries in the past—between 30 and 40 percent.

“But we really want to just encourage people to vote. Says Betschart, “And get their voices heard. It’s just an extremely important process. And we want to make sure that there’s still time to vote.”

Ballots are due at official drop boxes by 8 o’clock Tuesday, May 19th. It’s too late to mail in ballots.

Betschart says elections workers are wearing masks and gloves and working at a social distance from each other. She expects to have the first results of the primary posted on the Lane County elections website just after 8 p.m.

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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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