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Oregon had the nation’s highest turnout rate in the November 2022 election

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A voter drops off a ballot in a drop box in Portland, Ore., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

It was the first time ever that Oregon had the highest voter turnout for a national election.

For the first time ever, Oregon had the highest voter turnout rate in the nation for last November’s election.

Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling now leads a national effort to expand voting from home.

He says the state just barely came out on top, when measuring turnout among all eligible Oregonians.

”61.5% of all the eligible citizens in Oregon cast a ballot in our election,” he said, “and we edged out Maine by .05%”

Keisling said Oregon has had a relatively high turnout rate since the state implemented its pioneering vote-by-mail system 25 years ago. But he said the numbers have really ramped up since Oregon’s “motor voter” law went into effect in 2015. That law automatically registers people to vote when they get a driver’s license.

”So getting to No. 1, first time in modern history, is an achievement,” he said.

Oregon saw several big ticket statewide ballot items in 2022, including a governor’s race with three top candidates as well as measures on gun restrictions, health care as a right in its constitution, removal of slavery exceptions in the constitution and limits on walkouts by state lawmakers.

Perrin Thompson kisses her ballot for luck and does a little dance before dropping it into a drop site outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Perrin Thompson kisses her ballot for luck and does a little dance before dropping it into a drop site outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Voters wait outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
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Voters wait outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
Voters at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
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Voters at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
Orion Meyer sorts ballots at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Orion Meyer sorts ballots at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Christine Drazan speaks to supporters at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Christine Drazan speaks to supporters at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Christine Drazan speaks to supporters at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Christine Drazan speaks to supporters at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Tina Kotek takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
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Tina Kotek takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
Tina Kotek greets supporters at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
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Tina Kotek greets supporters at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
Betsy Johnson at her election night party at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion in St. Helens, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Betsy Johnson at her election night party at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion in St. Helens, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Johnson conceded, and stated, “While the outcome fell short of what we wanted, I believe this campaign was a success. We made an impact.”
Betsy Johnson supporters take a photo with an ice sculpture in the shape of Johnson’s signature glasses, as they attend her election night party at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion in St. Helens, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Betsy Johnson supporters take a photo with an ice sculpture in the shape of Johnson’s signature glasses, as they attend her election night party at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion in St. Helens, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wins, and takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
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Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wins, and takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wins, and takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
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Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wins, and takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Attendees watch election returns at Christine Drazan’s election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Attendees watch election returns at Christine Drazan’s election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Christina Stephenson speaks after winning the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries commissioner position on Nov. 8, 2022, at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
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Christina Stephenson speaks after winning the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries commissioner position on Nov. 8, 2022, at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
Rene Gonzalez address the crowd at his election party downtown Portland, Ore., after early results show him in the lead, Nov. 8, 2022.
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Rene Gonzalez address the crowd at his election party downtown Portland, Ore., after early results show him in the lead, Nov. 8, 2022.
Incumbent Portland commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty speaks to a crowd of supporters at The Jack London Revue, a jazz club in downtown Portland, Ore., on Nov. 8, 2022.
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Incumbent Portland commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty speaks to a crowd of supporters at The Jack London Revue, a jazz club in downtown Portland, Ore., on Nov. 8, 2022.
The Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event kicks off with the Pledge of Allegiance, Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
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The Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event kicks off with the Pledge of Allegiance, Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Tina Kotek takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
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Tina Kotek takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
Tina Kotek takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
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Tina Kotek takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland.
Portland resident Xander Almeida, left, attends the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
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Portland resident Xander Almeida, left, attends the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Christine Drazan speaks to supporters at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Christine Drazan speaks to supporters at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Christine Drazan supporters, at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Christine Drazan supporters, at her election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Attendees watch election returns at Christine Drazan’s election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Attendees watch election returns at Christine Drazan’s election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Attendees watch election returns at Christine Drazan’s election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Bradley W. Parks /
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Attendees watch election returns at Christine Drazan’s election night party held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wins, and takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Jonathan Levinson /
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Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wins, and takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Supporters at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event hold signs to celebrate U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s win, Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
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Supporters at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event hold signs to celebrate U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s win, Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Jonathan Levinson /
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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley takes the podium at the Democratic Party of Oregon’s election night event, held Nov. 8, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Convention Center.
Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner mingles with supporters at Silver Moon Brewery in Bend, Ore., on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2022. She's running for Oregon's Fifth Congressional District, a tight race that has attracted national attention.
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Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner mingles with supports at Silver Moon Brewery in Bend, Ore., on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2022. She's running for Oregon's Fifth Congressional District, a tight race that has attracted national attention.
Voters at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
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Voters at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
Voters wait outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
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Voters wait outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
A voter drops a ballot outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
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A voter drops a ballot outside of the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022. Oregon voters can vote by mail-in ballot, drop ballots at secure sites, or vote in-person
At the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022, Delores Terry, left, and Diane Fitzpatrick work the phone lines, answering questions for voters.
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At the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022, Delores Terry, left, and Diane Fitzpatrick work the phone lines, answering questions for voters.
Ballots are sorted and wait to be counted at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.
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Ballots are sorted and wait to be counted at the Multnomah County Elections Division in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, 2022.

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