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Eugene police prepare for a safe election day

Eugene Police are preparing to make sure election day is safe and secure.

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 9:25 AM
Updated: Oct 24, 2020 10:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police are preparing to make sure election day is safe and secure. Chief Chris Skinner said officers are aware of ballot drop off locations and collection protocol.

Authorities will have extra officers working the week of the election, in case there's any civil unrest or attempts to interfere with ballot drop off locations.

Mobile guardian units outfitted with security cameras and surveillance equipment have also been spotted at drop off boxes around Eugene. Voters at those boxes on Saturday said they appreciate the extra steps police are taking to make sure everyone feels safe and knows their ballot is secure. 

“Anything that makes people feel safe to vote and have their voice heard I think is a great thing," said Lane County resident Caleb Beauchene. 

Many voters said they are dropping off their ballots in-person this year because of concerns over mail-in voting.

“I used to mail them. I no longer trust that system now,” said Suzanne Beaty, who dropped off her ballot Saturday.

While it is legal for people to have political signs or buttons near a dropbox, they can't block access, and they can't ask to see your ballot. If you feel intimidated, report the suspicious activity, call 911.

"The important thing is that people get out there and vote," Beauchene said. 

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