More problems surrounding the ballot fiasco in Clackamas County surfaced Thursday, May 19, after Jamie McLeod-Skinner's campaign filed a formal complaint saying that they weren't given equal access to observe the tallying process.
McLeod-Skinner leads incumbent Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader in the Democratic 5th Congressional District primary election. But the final results are being held up by the slow hand count being conducted in the county because of blurry barcodes on many ballots.
Only a small fraction of the county's ballot results have been posted online so far. County administrators have directed hundreds of employees to assist with the counting process.
That complaint made its way to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, stating that an elections observer for the McLeod-Skinner campaign arrived at the Clackamas County elections office shortly after 8 a.m Thursday.
According to the complaint, someone on the intercom told him to go to the front door for access. The observer rang the front doorbell twice but wasn't let into the building until 8:30 a.m.
The complaint said when he made his way into the observation room, an observer from Schrader's campaign was already there and had signed in at 7:30 a.m., an hour before the office was officially open.
That McLeod-Skinner observer said County Clerk Sherry Hall did not allow him to take a picture of the sign-in sheet, but confirmed it is public record. Hall has been under major fire this week for the county's delayed election results.
Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and the Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith both say the clerk didn't accept help soon enough. In a statement, McLeod-Skinner said, "Most of the uncounted votes are in Clackamas County. We expect all county offices to uphold the integrity of our elections, including compliance with their elections security plans and providing equal access to our elections observers, as it builds trust in our election process."
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Reporter Jim Redden contributed to this story.
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