FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 23, 2022
Contact: Jaime Mathis
Today, August 23 is Election Day in Oregon City and Oak Lodge Water Services Authority
Today is Election Day for the August 23 Special Election where voters will decide Oregon City’s next mayor as well board members for the Oak Lodge Water Authority. The winner of the Oregon City mayoral race will finish out the end of Rachel Lyles-Smith’s term through the end of the year. In addition, voters who live in the Oak Lodge Water Services Authority District will be voting for five at large members to the board. Ballots from eligible voters must be postmarked by today or dropped off at an open Official Ballot Drop Site before 8 PM in order to be counted.
The next election for all other Clackamas County Voters will be the November 8 General Election to elect city, county, state, and federal offices.
Voters no doubt will recall the debacle in Clackamas County during the May Primary election when ballot barcodes were blurred at the printer and unreadable by voting machines. This resulted in an extra $600K spent and more than 6000 people hours to duplicate the blurred ballots and get election results completed in time for the June 13 certification deadline. This was largely due to a lack of strategic planning and response by the current clerk, Sherry Hall who will be up for re-election in the November General Election.
For the August 23 Special Election you can check the status of your ballot online at oregonvotes.gov/myvote and check that your ballot has been received. You can also observe the ballot counting process at the Clerk’s office or call the office at 503-655-8510 with questions.
If you make a mistake and need a new ballot, you can get one at the Clackamas County elections office at: 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City until 8 PM tonight.
Catherine McMullen, candidate for Clackamas County Clerk and certified elections administrator has prioritized voter education and election security, transparency, and accuracy in the 15 elections she has conducted. “I am an elections official and public servant focused on timely, accurate, and secure elections for our voters by ensuring that all citizens understand what their rights are, that they can vote, and make their voices heard.”
To prepare for the November 8 General Election, voters should check that their voter registration is accurate and up-to-date online at OregonVotes.gov/myvote. The Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 18 and ballots begin to be sent out the next day. Voters who will be away from home on Election Day can request an absentee ballot be mailed to their current location. Ballots going to Military and Overseas voters are mailed out by September 24 so now is a perfect time to make sure your information is correct.
You can learn more about Catherine McMullen’s campaign for County Clerk and sign up to Volunteer at: ClackamasVoice.org