Voter turnout was strong in both Linn and Benton counties as of Monday afternoon.
Linn County Clerk Steve Druckenmiller wasn’t surprised.
“It was expected and it will keep going up quite a bit,” he said.
As of 3 p.m. Monday the county turnout was already at 50.3 percent, with 30,463 of 60,524 ballots turned in.
“Almost everything is from drop sites now,” Druckenmiller said, although he noted that about 1,000 ballots were picked up Monday morning at the post office.
In Benton County, Jill Van Buren of the elections office said there has been an unusually strong late turnout.
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“It was slow early in the election but something happened over the weekend,” Van Buren said. “I think everyone in Oregon decided to wait until today to turn in their ballots.”
Turnout jumped from 44 percent to more than 50 percent from the start to finish of Monday, Van Buren said, putting the county on pace to reach about 72 percent turnout.
“I know it’s over 50 percent,” she said. “It’s just been rolling everywhere. I think we’ll have unusually strong numbers.”
Voters have until 8 p.m. today to bring ballots to drop sites in Linn and Benton counties. Druckenmiller said voters can still contact the clerk’s office today to update registration or get additional voting information. He didn’t expect any problems would arise for Election Day today.
Van Buren, on the other hand, advised that people bring their ballots as early as possible rather than waiting until the last minute.
Still have questions? Call Linn County at 541-967-3831 or Benton County at 541-766-6756.