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Statewide Ballot Returns Exceeding 2016 Numbers

Melorie Begay

With 10 days until the 2020 election, 31% of Oregon’s registered voters had already returned their ballots. 915,477 ballots had been returned as of the last numbers released on Friday, Oct. 23. This compares to a 17% return rate 10 days before the 2016 election.

This year's returns include 34% of registered voters in Lane County, 41% in Benton County, 27% in Deschutes County, 29% in Douglas County, 30% in Linn County, and 39% in Lincoln County.

If you plan to mail your ballot, elections officials urge you to do that by Tuesday, Oct. 27 to allow time for it to be received at your county elections office by Nov. 3. Postmarks do not count- the ballot must arrive at the elections office by election day. Ballots can be hand-delivered to official drop boxes up until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Locations and additional voter information can be found the Secretary of State’s website and on each individual county’s elections website:

Lane County Elections

Benton County Elections

Deschutes County Elections

Douglas County Elections

Lincoln County Elections

Linn County Elections

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.