Eligible voters in Clackamas County are turning out in droves for the 2020 general election.
Voter turnout data provided by the Clackamas County Clerk's Office shows that as of Monday, Oct. 26, nearly 50% of all the eligible voters have cast their ballot. A total of 153,562 ballots have been submitted with a whole week left until the deadline 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.
That means turnout is outpacing the 2016 general election by 148% by this same time four years ago. It also means that turnout in 2020 is on track to surpass both previous presidential elections in 2016 (219,561) and 2012 (191,126).
Ballots have poured into the Clackamas County elections division from all corners of the map in recent days with no single day below 10,000 votes. The highest ballot return in any single day over the past week was last Wednesday, Oct. 21, when more than 36,000 ballots were collected.
"Clackamas County voters are breaking early voting records in this election. Turnout has been incredibly high compared to previous Presidential Election years," said Sherry Hall, Clackamas County Clerk. "Voters were encouraged to vote early and they are certainly doing that. If we continue to pile on ballots at this record pace, we could have a slow election day and voters would not be waiting in their vehicles to drop off ballots. Clackamas County Government has provided so much support to the elections department to make the voting process as easy as possible. Thank you to all voters who have already voted."
The deadline to mail a ballot in time to be counted is Tuesday, Oct. 27. Clackamas County voters who have not yet mailed their ballot can drop them off at one of the 25 official drop box locations throughout the county.
Those planning to use the drop boxes located at the County Clerk's Office, 1710 Red Soils Court, Suite 100, Oregon City, should be aware that the county has made some changes to the traffic patterns and signage to ease congestion in the days leading up to the election deadline.
Increased electronic and stationary signage has already been implemented in the area, and from Monday, Nov. 2 (6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to Tuesday, Nov. 3 (6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.), flagging crews will be positioned at two intersections: Beavercreek Road and Red Soils Court; and Kaen Road and Beavercreek Road.
There will be additional flaggers on Red Soils Court at the entrance to the elections building parking lot to help direct traffic to local businesses.
During those final days, the local traffic pattern will change, as cars entering Red Soils Court will be redirected (after dropping off ballots) to re-enter Beavercreek Road via Kaen Road. Barrels and cones will also be in place to help with traffic flow.
Depending on congestion, flaggers may also be in position on Friday, Oct. 30 and prior, if needed.
"Ensuring that voters can drop off their ballot as safely and efficiently as possible is our goal," Hall said. "We are committed to a safe and secure election."
Voters who have already cast their ballot can track them using the Oregon Secretary of State's website to ensure that the county election's division has received it.
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