New record: Oregon voters cast 2M ballots

The Oregon Secretary of State's office said a total of 2.02 million ballots were returned

A ballot drop box in Washington County, Oregon, November 3, 2016 (Courtesy)
A ballot drop box in Washington County, Oregon, November 3, 2016 (Courtesy)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon voters turned in more than 2 million ballots in the 2016 general election, setting a new record, officials say.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office said a total of 2.02 million ballots were returned, topping the previous record of 1.84 million in the 2008 general election.

Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins released the following statement on the new record:

“This has been a historic election year for many reasons, and we should celebrate that over 2 million Oregonians made their voices heard on Tuesday. A variety of factors can influence the level of participation in an election, but I am proud of the work of our state and county leaders to continually lower barriers to voting — most recently with the Oregon Motor Voter program, which registered 230,000 voters for this general election.”

Of the ballots turned in, 28,322 are being challenged and reviewed for issues like a missing signature or a signature that doesn’t match registration record.

Voters have 14 days after the election to resolve a challenged ballot, according to the secretary of state’s office.