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Jackson County voter turnout tops 60% – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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More than three-quarters of Jackson County Republicans had filed ballots up to an hour before the polls closed Tuesday, with local Democrats trailing them by less than 5 percent.

In all, Jackson County elections had 97,180 signature-verified ballots, a voter turnout of 60.6 percent, in all parties as of 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to numbers provided by Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.

Walker called the preliminary numbers “very, very healthy gubernatorial turnout,” especially among Democrats and Republicans.

That 60.6% turnout includes 78.2% of Republican ballots, 73.1% of Democratic ballots, 60% of all third-party ballots, and 35.5% of unaffiliated voter ballots received by electoral workers.

“Unfortunately, unaffiliated voters are not choosing to participate,” Walker said. “Just the individual things in the game are huge.”

The numbers are preliminary and still growing, Walker said, with poll workers still collecting, verifying signatures and counting ballots before polls close. It’s days or weeks away because Oregon law now allows ballots that arrive by mail after the polls close, as long as they are postmarked on or before Nov. 8.


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