Primary Election Turnout Sluggish So Far

May 19, 2014

The deadline to vote in Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday. Voters have until 8 p.m. to drop off their ballots at official county drop sites. Statewide turn-out so far is just under 20 percent.

As of Monday morning, just over 41 thousand Lane County voters had cast their ballots. Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says that’s about 20 percent of registered voters.

Betschart: “The past primary elections have ranged between 37 percent and 42 percent. This return for this specific election has been lower than those returns prior. So, I don’t believe we’re going to get up that high but certainly we’d like to see it go much higher than the 20 percent we’ve received through this morning.”

Betschart expects an influx of last-minute ballots Monday and Tuesday.
The first results of the primary election will be posted at the Lane County elections website just after 8 p.m.