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Only 37% of Clackamas County ballots counted so far
Numbers provided by Clackamas County election officials showed 63% of returned ballots still have not been counted as of the morning of Sunday, May 22.
The percent of uncounted ballots may be even higher, however, As of Sunday, county elections officials have not updated the number of ballots they have received since Wednesday, May 18, the day after the primary election. A new Oregon law requires ballots postmarked one election day to be counted that arrive by May 24, one week later.
Even before the election, Clackamas County officials said the vote tally would be slow and delayed because of the smudged barcodes issue that was discovered weeks before the May 17 election. But the ongoing delay has drawn the ire of Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, not to mention the candidates in affected races still waiting to hear the results, including incumbent Democratic 5th District Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader and his challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
State election law requires that 2022 primary election results must be certified by June 13.
In a release at 6:39 p.m. Saturday, Clackamas County officials said they had received 113,448 ballots. As of Friday, they had processed 41,993 ballots.
County officials said 200 workers have been assigned to the counting effort, with a capacity for 80 workers at a time on each shift. But Saturday there were only 50 ballot processors.
Officials said they expect to announce a timeline for when all the votes are counted Monday. They also are building a new website to provide updated daily tallies, but that site is not yet launched.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Reporter Jim Redden update the story.
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