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Multnomah County elections officials say they their records are different from what the losing candidate is claiming.

PHOTO: ERICA MORRISON/OPB - Loretta Smith greets supporters on election night in 2018, when she lost to Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.Loretta Smith, the former Multnomah County commissioner who recently lost an election to opponent Dan Ryan for a seat on the Portland City Council, said Thursday she wants an audit of the special election results.

In a letter to the director of the Multnomah County Elections Division and the Oregon secretary of state, Smith's campaign points to two discrepancies they noticed in voting data from the secretary of state's office.

The campaign wrote that the data shows a deceased person voted in the August election. Smith's team also claimed nearly 14,000 voters cast a vote this year for the first time in at least five years, and that more than 11,000 of them were born on Jan. 1. The campaign said they had a statistician look into it, who told them that outcome is statistically very unlikely.

Smith's campaign said they want to confirm that the election results, which had Ryan winning by about 5,300 votes.

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