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Voter Turnout

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Voter turnout in this year’s primary election could be an all-time low for Oregon. It’s hard to get excited about a presidential primary when one side is running an incumbent and the other side’s nominee is all but decided at this point. Neither President Obama or his challenger Mitt Romney have bothered campaigning in Oregon ahead of our primary.

That said, there are plenty of interesting local races around the state that will serve as fodder for election wonks and otherwise civically engaged individuals. Choosing a candidate in the Portland mayoral election looks like a game-time decision for many voters, as recent polls show a shift in support for the top three candidates. Clackamas and Lane counties have interesting commissioner races that could change the political makeup of county government in both places. And statewide, the Democratic contest for Attorney General is proving to be one to watch.

Have you turned in your ballot yet? What election are you most excited about? Which ones did you leave blank?

Information about where to drop off your ballot can be found at your county elections office website.

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OPB | Broadcast: May 15, 2012