As of 1:00 pm today, Lane County Elections officials say they've counted 27,126 ballots so far that've arrived at their main office. That’s a 22 percent return from registered voters.
Cheryl Betschart is the county clerk who serves as elections manager. She says that’s a decent rate given the nature of this year’s special election, which has only three ballot measures for Lane County.
“This is not a full county wide election, this involves only voters in the City of Eugene, City of Coburg, and Santa Clara Fire District," says Betschart. "It’s about 123,000 voters that are eligible.
"Obviously in 2020 we will expect a much higher turnout, and that will be a full statewide election, so definitely we’ll see much higher returns next year.”
Betschart says the last comparable election to this year would be 2018, which saw a 32 percent return from Lane County voters. She says it all depends on ballot items and the interest they fire up.
People have until 8:00pm tonight to get their ballot to an official Lane County Elections drop-off site.
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