The secretary of state's elections division has dismissed a complaint against Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
The complaint, filed by Seth Woolley, a two-time Pacific Green Party secretary of state candidate, took issue with Hales' having claimed Washington residence for tax purposes while continuing to vote in Oregon. As WW first reported, Hales lived in Washington from 2004 though 2009 while voting here.
In his complaint, Woolley said since Hales lived in Washington in 2008 when he last registered to vote in Oregon, that registration was invalid and so, therefore, was Hales' filing as a candidate for mayor.
But in letter (PDF) dated Jan. 16, Director of Elections Steve Trout disagreed.
"The Elections Division concludes that there is insufficient evidence to indicate that Mr. Hales violated election law in this instance. Multnomah County made the determination that Mr. Hales' residence for voting purposes is sufficient. We do not have jurisdiction over the Portland City Code provision.
Not finding a violation of election law, the Elections Division determines this case is closed and does not intend to pursue this matter further."