Dropping off ballots still popular

In 2005, Washington became the second all vote-by-mail state.

Oregon was the first, beating us by about five years.

The idea was to give voters a more convenient way to cast their ballot and boost voter turnout; No driving to the polls, no waiting in line, no contrived chit chat. Just make your decision, fill in the bubble, put your ballot in the mail and you’re good to go.

But this election, driving to the ballot drop-off site remained a popular way to vote on Election Day.

Out of the 127,170 registered Clark County voters who returned their ballot, 31, 452 were dropped off at drop sites.

A lot of people, 24,482, dropped their ballot off at a drop-off box on Election Day and another 6,970 dropped their ballot off at the election office.

Despite a low voter turnout, of about 50 percent, Cathie Garber, Clark County elections supervisor, said she still believes “vote by mail helps voter turnout.”

Voter turnout in Oregon was 69.5 percent. 


Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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