Clackamas County updates ballot count website
Clackamas County launched and updated a new website about its problem-plagued 2022 primary election returns on Monday, May 23.
The site tracks the count that has been slowed by a barcode printing error on county ballots. It also includes a "frequently asked questions" page about the problem and a flowchart of how ballots are counted.
The count has been slowed because ballots with defective barcodes must be duplicated by a hand by a two-person team including a Democrat and Republican before being run through counting machines.
The website can be found here.
According to the website, as of early Tuesday morning, 113,448 ballots had been returned by Monday. That is 1,392 more than previously reported. The increase is mail-in ballots postmarked by May 17. A new state law requires all that are received within a week of election day to be counted.
The update says that 57,550 ballots have now been counted, including 9,903 on Monday. That is 50% of the current total.
The space for the number of ballots remaining to be duplicated was still blank on Tuesday morning. Oregon law requires the results be certified by June 13.
The website also updates the unofficial results of all races within the county. Significant ones include the Democratic primary election for the Congressional 5th District, which shows incumbent Kurt Schrader leader challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner by a margin of 54% to 45%. Schrader is still trailing in entire district, however.
Incumbent Metro Council President Lynn Peterson is shown with just 35% of the vote. She is still above 50% in the entire three-county district, however, meaning she will be elected if that trend holds.
The website also includes contact information for anyone who wants to observe the counting.
A previous Portland Tribune story on the issue can be found here,
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