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With two weeks to go, Oregon City voter turnout already exceeds previous number of ballots recieved in 2011

Mayor Dan Holladay's recall election just became unprecendented in Oregon City for yet another reason.

With two weeks to go until the Nov. 10 election, Clackamas County has already received more ballots releated to the question of whether to keep Holladay than were received in Oregon City's previous recall election. Over 6,000 Oregon City voters turned in their recall ballots as of Oct. 27, compared to the total of 5,419 ballots cast in the entire election for the last Oregon City commissioner who was recalled in 2011, Jim Nicita.

Never in the history of Oregon's oldest city has a mayoral recall been on the ballot, let alone a mayor recalled. Only 1,752 valid signatures were needed for the Nicita recall, which were mostly collected by paid circulators, unlike the volunteers who collected 3,037 valid recall signatures against Holladay.

Dan HolladayOn their kitchen counters, many Oregon City voters will have two election ballots and two election envelopes to mail back, and they must use both envelopes if they want all of their votes to be counted.

City commissioners released Holladay's investigation report just after the Clackamas County Elections Office on Oct. 21 mailed out recall ballots to all registered voters in Oregon City.

Meanwhile, county elections officials reminded voters to keep the contents of the Nov. 10 Recall Election Ballot separate from the Nov. 3 General Election Ballot, which was mailed out a week earlier. You cannot use the same envelope to mail both ballots, even if the elections office receives both ballots before Nov. 3.

If someone accidently returns both their recall and general election ballot in the same envelope before Nov. 3, Elections Manager Andrew Jones said that only the ballot with the valid matching envelope would be counted. Oregon law stipulates that ballots must be returned with the signed envelope provided for each election.

Learn more at county elections website.


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