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The county commission questions Sherry Hall about election problems in her office.

SCREENSHOT VIA CLACKAMAS COUNTY/OPB - In this screenshot taken from the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, County Clerk Sherry Hall, left, and Elections Manager Rebekah Stern Doll speak to commissioners about what happened when more than half of primary election ballots were misprinted and rendered unreadable.
About three months after an election snafu misprinted more than half of Clackamas County primary ballots, diverted hundreds of county employees from their normal jobs, and cost taxpayers $600,000, Clerk Sherry Hall addressed the county Board of Commissioners on Wednesday with her summary of what went wrong.

"It's humans," Hall said. "Things happen."

Hall told the board that "everything with this election was done correctly and on time" — even though, in May, Hall said her office didn't act urgency enough when it became clear that tabulator machines weren't processing many returned ballots. Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan also criticized Hall for an apparent lack of urgency.

Then this month, Hall's office again came under fire after thousands of voters in Oregon City, who were set to vote on their next mayor, didn't received voters pamphlets along with their ballots. About 3,800 households were impacted by the mistake.

In both instances, Hall blamed the third-party businesses handling the county's ballot printing and mailing.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their full story can be found here.


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