1 in 5 Oregonians Have Returned Ballots

1 in 5 Oregonians Have Returned Ballots

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — One in five Oregonians has returned a ballot with one week left before the Nov. 4 deadline.

Figures from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office show that Democrats and Republicans are voting at about the same rate. A smaller share of unaffiliated and minor-party voters are casting ballots.

Voters are deciding on races for governor and U.S. Senate, as well as a variety of ballot measures including marijuana legalization and a labeling requirement for genetically engineered food. Control of the state Legislature also is at stake.

Ballot return rates are higher in smaller counties, particularly in eastern Oregon, led by Gilliam County, where nearly a third of voters have cast a ballot. The lowest participation rate is directly to the south in Wheeler County, where 7 percent of voters are participating.