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Ballot returns rise as election day approaches

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It may be hard to believe, but what has been a marathon run for the White House is approaching the final hours. In Oregon, ballots have been pouring in to the county elections offices. 

As of Nov. 4, more than 1 million ballots have been returned statewide. Elections officials say that is 150,000 more returned in the same time period leading up to the 2012 general election. 

Outside the Multnomah County Elections Office, there was a steady stream of people dropping off their ballots. 

"I think this is an important election to a lot of Oregonians who probably don't feel very represented," said voter Josh Gates. 

Many stopping to drop off their ballot say the feel this election is bigger than ever and that social media is a big player in this election.

"Facebook presence has been really strong for months now talking about how important it is to vote," said voter Tiffany Wildes. 

"So much is resting on whoever gets elected," said voter Brian Butterfield. "Both candidates have completely different opinions and the direction the country should be headed and there are so many issues resting on those opinions this year."

So far, 41 percent of Oregon ballots have been returned. In Washington, return rates are slightly lower at 39 percent. 

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