The following update was provided by APTA Oregon Lobbyist, Inga Deckert, on the day after the 2020 election:
The 2020 election was one of the most anticipated elections in recent memory. Occurring in the midst of a global pandemic in a presidential year, we saw significant increases in early voting as compared to 2016, with both Republicans and Democrats showing up early and pushing Oregon’s voter turnout to 80.28%. While the winner of the Presidential race is still an open question and may not be called for several days, Oregon’s outlook began taking shape shortly after the polls closed.
Currently, both the Oregon House (38-22) and Senate (18-12) have Democratic super-majorities. Only a small handful of seats in each are considered swing seats. Republicans eyed open coastal seats as pick-ups, while Democrats worked to maintain those seats and looked to pick up seats in Central Oregon. Following recent denials of quorum by Republicans over controversial legislation the last two legislative sessions, Democrats hoped to pick up two seats in both the House and Senate to obtain quorum-proof majorities. Republicans, on the other hand, looked to create more balance in the legislature by picking up seats and eliminating current Democratic held super-majorities.