D'oh! Clackamas County Botches Ballot; New Ones Cost $120k, Will Be Late


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Here's a statement from Clackamas County on an embarrassing and costly screw-up that will mean late arrival of ballots for about 217,000 county voters in the May 18 election: The secretary of state has issued a directive ordering the Clackamas County Clerk to reprint ballots for the May 18 election because of an error that was discovered on Monday. As a result, newly printed ballots will be sent ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Decision: Judge Suggests Cheaper Solution to Clackamas Ballot Screwup (Updated)


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Marion County Court Judge Dennis Graves provided a lesson today about conserving scarce public resources. Judge Graves addressed [PDF] a dispute between Clackamas County and the Secretary of State's Elections division this morning by proposing that rather than spending $120,000 to replace inaccurately printed ballots, the county insert a piece of colored paper alerting voters to the error. "The ...   More
 
Thursday, April 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Update on Clackamas County Elections Dispute


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Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall's decision to reprint ballots to fix an error in earlier versions has set off quite the battle between the county board of commissioners and Hall, who oversees the county's elections office. County chairwoman Lynn Peterson tells WW that she finds the original error "unacceptable" and has asked the Secretary of State's office to investigate and do a performance ...   More
 
Friday, April 30, 2010 HANK STERN

Oregon Supreme Court Rules Prominent Portland Developer Must Face New Trial


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Tom Moyer is back on the hot seat. Moyer has been in the news lately because the city-owned Portland Development Commission is considering relocating from its Old Town headquarters to a partially-built downtown office on which Moyer halted construction in 2009. But Moyer is in the news today for suffering a legal reversal in a battle that involves a relative pittance but has major implications ...   More
 
Thursday, April 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Turnout Was 41 Percent


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Nearly three out of five registered voters in Oregon didn't turn in a ballot. But of course there's always another way to look at things. Secretary of State Kate Brown said today, the day after yesterday's election,"Oregon voters proved her wrong and easily exceeded her turnout projection." Brown had forecast that turnout would be 37 percent. But actually, turnout was 41 percent. “I ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Elections Officials Rejected Thousands of Signatures in Lottery Dollar Campaign


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One of the biggest bucks ballot measures aimed at the November ballot in Oregon is Initiative Petition 70. The measure would enshrine in the state Constitution the 15 percent allocation of Oregon Lottery proceeds to parks and natural areas. That 15-percent set-aside has been in effect for more than a decade, thanks to voter approval of a 1998 ballot measure. But the set-aside will expire in 2014, ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Listen to the Tape: Independent Party's Peralta Seeks Contributions


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Over the past couple of weeks, an election-year dispute between the Democratic Party of Oregon and the Independent Party of Oregon has played out in a complaint to the Secretary of State and a response from the Independent Party. On May 21, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown issued a "cease and desist letter" [PDF] to Sal Peralta of the Independent Party (Oregon's third-largest party and one ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Older Voters Rule: Phil Keisling's Take on the May Primary Turnout


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Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling (above) recently circulated a fascinating, if depressing, review of who voted in the state's May primary. His overall conclusion is that young Oregonians completely sat out the May contest. And here are two supporting bits of information from Keisling's analysis of the data released by Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokesman Don Hamilton: 1. ...   More
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Two Initiatives Qualify For The Oregon Ballot


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Two very different initiatives have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the Oregon ballot this November. Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that Initiative Petitions 13 and 28 each have more than the required 82,769 valid signatures required of a statutory change to qualify for the ballot. Initiative Petition 13, a Kevin Mannix measure, would impose mandatory minimum ...   More
 
Friday, July 16, 2010 HANK STERN

State Says Redistricting Initiative Doesn't Qualify For Ballot


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An initiative that would ask voters this November to change the way Oregon conducts redistricting each decade has failed to turn in enough valid signatures, the Secretary of State's office said today. But that doesn't close the matter since Kevin Mannix and other backers of the proposed amendment to the state Constitution are suing to challenge the state's invalidation of signatures. The proposed ...   More
 
Monday, July 26, 2010 HANK STERN

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