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Voters were turning in their ballots are multiple drop sites like this one in Washington County Monday, a day before all ballots were due. (KPTV) Voters were turning in their ballots are multiple drop sites like this one in Washington County Monday, a day before all ballots were due. (KPTV)
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After more than 18 months of presidential campaigning and nearly a year of efforts in state contests, Oregon voters are just hours from the end of the current election season.

As of Monday morning, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office reported that 50.3 percent of ballots across the state had been cast for Tuesday’s general election after a surge in weekend drop-offs.

Thousands of voters added their ballots to the mix at drop-off sites throughout the day Monday, and thousands more are expected to be delivered on Election Day, right up until 8:00 p.m.

“There’s been a lot of negativity on both sides, I’m glad it’s over. We’re both glad it’s over,” voter Rick Jones said after dropping off his ballot along with his wife.

While many voters told FOX 12 their presidential picks were locked up weeks ago, some state ballot measures were a little harder to decide.

Measure 97, for instance, would increase the minimum corporate tax when sales exceed $25 million. Supporters say the measure would help schools and seniors while also being used to fund health care, but opponents counter that the tax would instead filter down into businesses charging higher prices.

Voters who spoke with FOX 12 Monday said it was one of the tougher decisions on the ballot.

“[Measure] 97 was a head-scratcher,” Jones said.

“[Measure] 97, I went back and forth, yes and no,” voter Mary Boyer added.

As of Monday morning, ballots had been returned by 557,129 voters across Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. The statewide total sat at 1,291,268 ballots.

This year, especially in the presidential race, voters say there’s a lot on the line.

“I felt that more than I’ve ever felt that in any other presidential election, I feel like my way of life is at stake,” Boyer added. “There seems to be so much hostility. I’m really worried about what will happen if one of the candidates doesn’t win.”

Drop sites around the metro will be open early Tuesday and will continue accepting ballots until 8 p.m., when the first round of election results is expected to be released.

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