Error on WashCo ballots shouldn't impact voters, officials say
Washington County election officials said Friday, Oct. 16, they discovered a printing error in the result of the vote explanation section of four statewide ballot measures on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
But officials say the error shouldn't affect how people vote or their ability to correctly fill in their votes for the measures.
Measures 107, 108, 109 and 110 were printed with the response of "Yes" and "No" randomly buried in the "Result of 'Yes' Vote" and "Result of 'No' Vote" sections of the ballot, according to Mickie Kawai, election manager for the county.
The error was created when the certified ballot PDF was "coverted, copied and pasted into the ballot design software," the county said in a statement. The extra text wasn't noticed when proofing the content, the county said.
"We will be reviewing our proofing procedures and will seek advice from other counties and other states as to their proofreading actions in an effort to create a system that will prevent errors like this in the future," Kawai said.
Kawai consulted with the secretary of state's office, which confirmed that, despite the extra "Yes" and "No" in the "Result of" sections of the measures, the ovals for actually voting "Yes" or "No" on the ballot measures are correct and will still get counted as intended, the county said.
Voters can use the summary flyer that is included with the mailed ballot or the state Voters' Pamphlet for the full text and a correct "Result of 'yes'/'no' Vote" statement.
Philip Bransford, spokesman for the county, said the county has received "very few" inquiries from voters about the errors, despite higher-than-usual turnout so far.
The county has already received 32,503 ballots as of Monday, Oct. 19.
In the 2016 general election, 273,702 Washington County voters turned in their ballots, according to data on the Oregon secretary of state's website — about 80% of registered voters.
The county has highlighted the error on its website for voters, Bransford said.
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