Lane County Elections

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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.

Rachael McDonald

As the deadline to register to vote in Oregon approaches this Tuesday, October 13th, elections officials are confident in the state’s vote by mail process.

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The voter registration deadline for the May 19, 2020 primary election is Tuesday, April 28.

Government offices to be voted on include the mayors and city councilors of Eugene and Springfield, Lane County commissioners, Lane County Sheriff and Eugene Water and Electric Board and Springfield Utility Board commissioners.

In addition, voters in Lane, Lynn, Benton and Douglas counties will decide whether to approve a bond measure for Lane Community College and Creswell residents will decide if proposed changes to the city charter should be approved.

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Election officials in Lane County say if you’re still aiming to get your ballot in by the voting deadline, to either seek an official dropbox or to stop by their office. 

Recorded On: June 1st, 2018

Air Date: June 4th, 2018

Score the candidates, Then an Automatic Runoff, that’s the essence of a Lane County initiative petition that would change the way we elect officials for County offices. The petitioners call it STAR voting; they are working to put the measure on the General Election ballot this year.

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Opponents of aerial herbicide spraying in Lane County have submitted stacks of petitions they say have more than 15,000 signatures.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the proposed ballot measure would put a ban on the practice. 

Rachael McDonald

In Tuesday's special election, the levy to support the Eugene Public Library passed by just under 2,000 votes.

Ballots Should Have Arrived Tuesday

Oct 21, 2015

Ballots for the November 3rd special election were sent out last week. They should now be in the hands of eligible voters in Oregon.  

Oregonians Must Register to Vote by Tuesday

Oct 11, 2015
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Tuesday, October 13th is the last day for Oregonians to register to vote or update voter information before the November 3rd election.

Lane County Voters Approve School Measures

Nov 5, 2014

Three school district funding measures have been approved by Lane County voters. They will help pay staff salaries and make school improvements without affecting the districts' current budgets. KLCC's Corinne Boyer has more.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon's November election features a governor's race and a couple of hotly-debated measures. In order to cast a ballot, voters must register by Tuesday.

Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says there are several ways to register to vote by Tuesday:

Betschart: "You can go online at That is available for those that have a driver's license, an Oregon i.d. card, or a permit.  And that can be done from the convenience of your home at a computer and that can happen all the way up to 11:59 p.m."

Postcards should arrive this week in nearly one million Oregon mailboxes.  They’re promoting a higher turnout in November’s election.  But they’re not being sent in support of a political party or candidate.  

Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the postcards will come from the Secretary of State’s office.  They’ll contain instructions on how to register to vote:

Levis:  “It’s a statewide effort to people who, through multiple different data bases, seem as if they’re not a registered voter and try to get them to register and be able to vote.”

Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart were not defeated by opponents in the May Primary. They were elected to another 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, according to final election results released Friday.

Bozievich beat Dawn Lesley by 75 votes in the West Lane race, so there won't be a run-off in November.

Stewart won the East Lane race over four opponents, avoiding a runoff against top challenger Kevin Matthews by just seven votes.

Updated Primary Results Released

May 23, 2014

Friday, Lane County released updated results for Tuesday’s primary election.

The numbers show incumbent Jay Bozievich ahead of Dawn Lesley by just 85 votes for the West Lane County Commissioner position.

For East Lane County, incumbent Faye Stewart has just over half the votes with 50.1 percent. His closest challenger, Kevin Matthews has about 35 percent.

The Pleasant Hill school bond appears to be passing by 14 votes in favor.


A Lane County group chose Earth Day for their latest legal move. Today (Tuesday) “Support Local Food Rights” filed its third attempt at an ordinance to protect area farms and limit certain agricultural practices. 

Last month, a judge ruled that the previous version of the Lane County Local Food System Ordinance did not comply with pre-election requirements. Attorney Ann Kneeland says the county now has five days to decide if this newest incarnation is acceptable.

Kneeland: “If they determine it complies, the county will have a period of time to draft a ballot title.”