From Secretary of State’s Office
SALEM — More than half of Oregonians eligible to vote in Tuesday’s general election have already cast their ballot, according to the latest ballot return data released by the Oregon Secretary of State today.
In total, 1.29 million voters have submitted their ballots, accounting for 50.3 percent of total eligible voters.
“I am pleased to see that voters all over the state are turning out to participate in this historic election,” Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins said today. “I am confident that we will end up with another record-breaking election, in terms of the number of ballots cast.”
By comparison, 1.2 million, or 55 percent, of Oregon voters had cast their ballot at this point in the 2008 general election, and 1.1 million, or 50.6 percent, of Oregon voters had cast their ballot at this point in the 2012 general election.
The Portland metro area saw a significant spike over the weekend, with Multnomah County reporting a surge of 58,147 ballots cast.
Atkins reminded voters who haven’t yet dropped off their ballot that they should make a plan to make sure to get them in by 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. Official drop site locations are available at oregonvotes.gov/dropbox. The application requires a registered voter’s address to bring up a list of nearby drop boxes.
The postal service is no longer a safe route to return ballots, Atkins said, due to the risk that they may not reach their destination in time.
“Please make a plan to make sure you know when and where you are going to vote,” Atkins said. “And if you’ve already voted, ask a friend or a family member how they plan to get their ballot in by 8 p.m. tomorrow. We want to hear every possible voice this election.”
Editor’s note: Since the beginning of automatic voter registration of eligible Oregon drivers via the DMV, there are 230,000 new registered voters added to the rolls since January 1st when the auto-register program began. Of those 230,000 new voters 77% have not indicated a party affiliation, so the default registration for them is “not-affiliated.” However, the rest did pick a party to belong to: 13,246 became Democrats, 10,030 chose Republicans. Statewide there are 2.5 Million voters with 987,000 registered Democrats and 715,000 registered Republicans.