SALEM, Ore. - Election Following reports that Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall has yet to present a definitive timeline and plan to get ballots counted, as well as news alleging unequal access to the county’s vote count, Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum (D-Clackamas) has issued the following statement:
“In speaking with Clackamas County Government Affairs staff yesterday, I informed them of the following questions I would like to have answered in the legislative inquiry. Some of these questions should be answered immediately so that the public has confidence that the Clerk’s office and Clackamas County are recovering from this error competently.
“Further, the Willamette Week reported yesterday that the next update would be on May 25, 2022. As a Clackamas County candidate and voter, this is simply unacceptable.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and immigrant communities, who are already working to improve voter confidence, participation, and candidate preparation, deserve to know that the system we have here in Oregon is trustworthy and accountable. In an unprecedented fashion, organizations like the Urban League of Portland hosted and archived 10 online candidate forums, including the governor’s race, to educate and encourage community members to vote.
“We witnessed the voter suppression efforts in Georgia in the race between Gov. Brian Kemp and candidate Stacey Abrams. This miscarriage of justice is firmly etched in our conscious and risks causing distrust and disillusionment. It happened in Georgia, but it cannot happen here in Oregon. It may happen abroad where refugees have experienced and lived under dictatorships, but it cannot happen here in Oregon.
“Now, more than ever before, it is important to have elections systems that are timely, accurate, and supportive of two of our nation’s most cherished rights: the right to run for office and the right to vote.
“Therefore, I am calling on Clackamas County to commit to reporting a daily tally of votes that were counted, shifts that were filled, and plans for the next day. We should endeavor to do this out of a commitment to integrity, respect for those who cast their vote, and the candidates who bravely stepped up to run.
“I have been in touch with the Secretary of State Fagan and she has assured me that her office is doing everything in its legal power to support recovery efforts.”