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Flawed barcodes on thousands of ballots is requiring Clackamas County Elections officials to adjust

At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the county is establishing systems to ensure the County Elections Office counts every vote by the state certification deadline of June 13 or earlier.

This is in response to thousands of flawed barcodes on ballots that require duplication and a higher than expected voter turnout.

On May 20, 2022, Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall appointed Clackamas County Administrator Gary Schmidt as deputy elections administrator. This appointment will streamline deploying county resources to support the election and ensure transparent information is available to residents and candidates.

The Herald-Pioneer.

Here is how the county is taking charge to complete the May 2022 primary election.

Established Elections Support Center

A team of county employees is dedicated to the logistics of completing this election and providing transparent, clear communication with the community.

This work consists of scheduling ballot processors including county employees, representatives of the Oregon Secretary of State's office and other counties and logistics such as security, supplies, facilities and finance.

Members of this team are working to ensure daily election result updates online and to provide answers to the community and media's questions.

The Canby-Herald._

Reassigning county employees and hiring ballot processors from partner agencies

Administrator Schmidt's first duty was to assemble a qualified staff of up to 200 county employees, so far, to help process flawed election ballots.

Essential county services such as public safety, health and social services, emergency services, and other critical services will continue, however, other work is paused or slowed so we can have as many people focus on the election results.

Currently, the county is processing ballots daily from 7 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is capacity for 80 people to work each shift.

As of May 23:

57,500 ballots have been processed as of 6 p.m.

9,903 ballots were processed on May 23.

88 people processed ballots on Sunday, May 22, and 156 people processed ballots on Monday, May 23. The processing took place over two shifts from 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

More than 113,000 ballots have been received to this point.


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