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Oregon's Primary Turnout Strong So Far, Students Not Keeping Pace

This story was written by Eric Florip, Oregon Daily Emerald
Voters who haven't turned in their ballots for Oregon's primary election have until 8 p.m.

Lane County elections coordinator Annette Newingham said so far, the county's overall turnout has been high for a primary election, but the precincts where students typically live haven't kept pace.

Through Sunday, however, Lane County's overall turnout stood at just more than 40 percent, Newingham said.

"That's really pretty good and strong," she said, adding "there's potential for another 40,000 ballots," which could push turnout as high as 60 percent or 61 percent.

Newingham said the last time the county saw similar numbers was 2000, also the last presidential election without an incumbent candidate.

"We're at another presidential change right now," Newingham said. "I think we should have a pretty good turnout. We might get a record."