'There's not really a way that you could be hacking into vote machines in in Oregon'
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - More than 300,000 of Oregon 2.57 million eligible voters have cast their ballots as of October 28.
Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, to return ballots to an official drop box.
Voters can mail in their ballots, but remember: postmarks do not count.
Concerns about the integrity of the vote have been raised.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted about "vote flipping" at voting booths in Texas, a day after the Lone Star State's Republican secretary of state said there has been no evidence of votes being changed.
"Our office has received reports concerning rumors that some voting machines may be changing candidate selections when voters cast straight party ballots," Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said Wednesday. "We are actively monitoring the situation, and have yet to receive any verified reports of machines changing votes."
Closer to home, an Internet hoax showing an Oregon ballot with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listed twice - and Trump not at all - can still be found circulating on social media.
"We have seen no evidence of any Oregon ballots listing Hillary Clinton twice or omitting Donald Trump," Molly Woon, a spokesperson for the Oregon Secretary of State, said Friday.
And election officials likely won't: The perpetrator of the hoax admitted the same day that the image had been manipulated using Photoshop.
Oregon election officials have also debunked a rumor that the ballot requires 2 stamps to mail.
"While this may be true in some states, you only need one first-class, or forever, stamp to mail in your ballot in Oregon," according to the secretary of state's office.
"We obviously have taken a number of different steps this particular election year because of the rumors," Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins said.
Atkins said election officials have systems in place to make sure the votes are counted accurately.
To start, signatures on ballots must match your voter registration signature.
"And if they don't match, that ballot is not opened or counted," said Atkins.
And while Oregonians can register to vote online, Atkins said the record is not put in a county's system until the county reviews it.
"The idea that people could register a whole bunch of people at once, perhaps at identical addresses - you know really something that could impact the outcome is very unlikely because it would be noticed almost immediately," Atkins said.
In response to voter concerns about computer hacking, Atkins said it is important to know the vote counting machines in Oregon are not attached to the Internet.
"They're independent in every one of our 36 counties,” Atkins said. "There's not really a way that you could be hacking into vote machines in in Oregon."
Atkins said humans are involved, and mistakes can happen - at the election officer, or as a voter fills out their own ballot.
If you mess up your ballot, your county clerk can give you a new one and discard the spoiled ballot.
"Don't feel embarrassed or concerned," Atkins said, "because we all we all make mistakes."
And if you have yet to receive your ballot, contact your county election office ASAP, she said.
So how will this election turn out?
"The one prediction I'm willing to make is that it will be more ballots cast than we've had before," said Atkins. "Whether this election is going to depress people's participation or increase it, there's a lot of passion around it."