Over half of Oregon ballots have been returned

Number slightly lower in Washington

Incoming ballots are sorted and moved downstairs at the Multnomah County elections office. (Jonathan House/ The Portland Tribune)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Over 50% of ballots sent out in Oregon have been returned.

In Multnomah County, over 48% of voters have sent back their ballots.

Multnomah County Election’s Director Tim Scott tells KOIN 6 News that trends are strong for voters. “We still have more ballots received than we have in any other point in any previous election,” he said.

Ballot drop box locations

More that 25,000 new voters registered this year through the state’s motor-voter sign up and 70,000 new voters signed up since March on their own.

“There’s a lot of interest in this election,” Scott says. “We’ve got a lot more new voters, coming from people moving to Portland, it’s coming from motor voter, it’s coming from interest in the election.”

In Washington, more than 44% of ballots have been returned. Both states say it’s hard to predict if voter participation will exceed 80%.