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Record number of voters cast ballots in Oregon

SALEM — Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins says Oregon voters returned a record 2.02 million ballots in the Nov. 8 general election.

Atkins said Thursday that the previous record was 1.84 million ballots returned for the 2008 general election.

She said the return figure accounted for 78.9 percent of all ballots mailed to eligible voters. That is fewer, however, than the 82.8 percent voting rate in 2012 and 85.7 percent in 2008.