Ballots continue to flow in, but pace off from last governor’s race

Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess shows the different ballot styles in Marion County. (Claire Withycombe/East Oregonian)

Voters are turning ballots in more slowly than the last time Oregon elected a governor, according to the state Elections Division, as big money continues to flow to the campaigns of Democrat Kate Brown and Republican Knute Buehler.

About 11.6 percent of registered voters turned in ballots as of Friday – 12 days before the election - compared with 17.4 percent at this point in the 2016 election, when Brown defeated Republican challenger Bud Pierce. In other recent general elections, the return rate in 2012 was 14.9 percent and in 2014, it was 12.5 percent.

Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 17.

Out of 333,767 ballots returned as . . .