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Exercise your influence – cast a ballot

Voters can drop ballots at numerous locations before 8 p.m. Tuesday

Portland-area voters can have a large say in the future of their community, state and nation by voting in Tuesday's primary election.

Candidates for U.S. president, Congress, the U.S. Senate, Oregon Legislature, mayor of Portland and county commissioner seats are all vying in Tuesday's election. You can help decide who will be elected and serve.

But you have to vote.

As of Saturday, an estimated 133,535 registered voters - about 33 percent of those registered to vote in Multnomah County had submitted their ballots. In Washington and Clackamas counties as of late last week, the voter turnout was still below 30 percent.

By Tuesday at 8 p.m. when the election closes, thousands more voters - particularly Democrats weighing in on the hotly contested presidential primary and Oregon race for the U.S. Senate - will have participated in the election.

The opportunity to vote by mail has now passed - it's too late for postal delivery. So take time to complete your ballot and drop it off at just about any city hall, library or county election's office in the metro area.

In Multnomah County, the county election's office is at 1040 S.E. Morrison and will be open to 5 p.m. on Monday and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day. So too will the Washington County elections office, 3700 Murray Blvd. in Beaverton, and the Clackamas County elections office, 1710 Red Soils Court in Oregon City. Besides these locations, many local libraries and city halls are accepting ballots.

Vote. Make a difference.