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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