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Mary Kenny Norville: This November, stop the insanity and reward competency.

Our county elections office has once again made a seemingly incomprehensible mistake.PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Steve Hunter, left, an unaffiliated voter, and Don Hedlind, a Republican volunteer, join Sherry Hall, right, in observing Clackamas County election workers count ballots in the May election.

Just this month Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall made another ludicrous error: 3,800 households in the McLoughlin and Park Place neighborhoods received the wrong Voters' Pamphlet. I know, because our household was one of them. Really? How do mistakes like this happen? Is there quality control at the county elections office?

Pamplin Media Group reported just this last May that the elections office had to spend an additional $100,000 to fix a barcode printing error. One only has to search the internet for "Clackamas County elections" or "Sherry Hall" to see article after article about our county's history of election mismanagement. This isn't just embarrassing, it's extremely costly.

We've all heard the adage defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Well, we need to stop electing Sherry Hall as Clackamas County clerk, who for whatever reason, is unable to perform her duties. It would be nice if Sherry Hall acted with integrity and resigned, but that doesn't seem likely, so we the voters must do our part.

This November, stop the insanity and reward competency. Vote for Catherine McMullen, who is a Clackamas County resident, while also an experienced and certified elections official. Let's do our part to restore trust in our county's elections process.

Mary Kenny Norville is an Oregon City resident.

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