TODAY, April 26 is the Voter Registration and Party Choice Deadline!

TODAY is the Voter Registration and Party Choice Deadline!

Confirm TODAY that you are registered to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/myvote.

Confirm TODAY that your name, mailing address, residence address, and political party are correct.

Update any changes online or visit your Clackamas County elections office before 5 PM today at 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City. Multnomah County voter service locations (1040 SE Morrison St. in SE Portland and at 600 NE 8th St. in Gresham) are open late (7 PM) and can also help you update your registration if you cannot get in before it closes earlier at 5 PM.

¡HOY es la fecha límite para el registro de votantes y elección de partido!

¡Confirme que está registrado para votar!

Confirme HOY que está registrado para votar en oregonvotes.gov/myvote.

Confirme HOY que su nombre, dirección postal, dirección de residencia y partido político son correctos.

HÔM NAY là Hạn chót Đăng ký Cử tri và Lựa chọn Đảng!

Xác nhận NGAY HÔM NAY rằng bạn đã đăng ký bỏ phiếu tại oregonvotes.gov/myvote

Xác nhận NGAY HÔM NAY rằng tên, địa chỉ gửi thư, địa chỉ cư trú và đảng phái chính trị của bạn là chính xác.

今天是选民登记和政党选择截止日期!

今天 – 请确认您已登陆 oregonvotes.gov/myvote 登记投票。
今天 – 请确认您的姓名、邮寄地址、居住地址和党派是否正确。

СЕГОДНЯ последний день регистрации для участия в выборах и определению членства в партии!

Убедитесь СЕГОДНЯ, что вы зарегистрированы для голосования, посетив сайт:oregonvotes.gov/myvote.

Убедитесь СЕГОДНЯ, что правильно указаны ваше имя, почтовый адрес, место проживания и принадлежность к политической партии.

Letter to Supporters: Help Catherine reach the first 10,000 Voters!

Dear Friends,

Clackamas County is a large and diverse county both in population and demographics. It will take a group lift to reach enough voters to unseat the current clerk. I have been taking advantage of extra time to reach voters, as the County Clerk contest will now be on the ballot November 8, 2022 for the General Election. 

This is a huge opportunity! We have more than 89,000 voters to reach by November 8; I need your help. Can you chip in today to help me raise $4500 to print enough literature to reach our first 10,000 voters?  

I know the path to victory means working together to ensure everyone in our community has a voice and a vote! We can and must do this together! Every day I am inspired by the work that everyday heroes take on to make our county a better, safer, and more welcoming place for everyone. In Canby I volunteered for Bridging Cultures first in-person fundraiser since the pandemic and the community turned out! In Oregon City, Clackamas Community College held a Technical Education Showcase and left hundreds of young adults excited by careers in green energy, welding, and machine tool technology. And in Wilsonville we celebrated our connection to our Sister City, Kitakata, Japan with a demonstration tea ceremony and cherry blossom festival.

In the last month alone the Catherine McMullen for County Clerk campaign connected with more than 1,250 voters through phone calls, community events, postcards to young voters, and talking to voters at the door. 

 If you cannot make a donation to our campaign today, please sign up to join us for one of our upcoming volunteer events or door knocking between now and May 17. 

The primary elections this May are arguably the first important step in making sure our voices are heard and our elected officials represent our interests. Oregon has a closed primary system which means you can only vote for partisan offices like Governor and your state representatives if you are a registered member of one of the two main parties-Democratic or Republican.

Like many of you, I find this frustrating, but it can be worked around by registering for a major party by tomorrow – April 26 – so you can vote in their primary elections, May 17. You can do this at oregonvotes.gov/myvote and then also change your party back again after the primary. You can also learn more about the steps I will take to ensure that all eligible voters have access to the ballot, even if they have had to move or are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. 

I decided to run for County Clerk because I believe that outcomes are better when more voices are heard and everyone can participate meaningfully in local decisions. Voting is a fundamental instrument of our democracy and as our new County Clerk and head election official, I have committed to removing barriers to every eligible voter being able to exercise their right to the ballot. 

With your generous donation today, I know we can reach the voters who still need to meet me, learn about my priorities, experience, and plans for the future. The first step is for voters to meet me and know me. You can help with that.

Please reach out to ClackamasVoice@gmail.com or call me at 971-212-5690 for more information or to join us for a volunteer event or door knocking! We will be there, rain, hail, snow, or sun because it is time for new leadership in our Clackamas County and for each of us to have a voice in our communities. With your help, I look forward to serving you soon as your Clackamas County Clerk. 

Thank you,  

Catherine McMullen

Oregon’s Closed Party Primary System Has the Potential to Disenfranchise More Than 100,000 Clackamas County Voters

Our current closed party primary system keeps non-affiliated and minor party voters out of important decision-making in our primary elections. There are now more than 1,022,000 non-affiliated voters in Oregon–more than either the total Democratic Party voters or Republican Party voters.

HOWEVER, in each primary election, hundreds of thousands of registered Oregon voters are not permitted to vote in partisan primary elections for their preferred candidates. In Oregon the two major parties (Democratic and Republican) have “closed primary elections.”  This means that you have to be a member of that party in order to vote in their closed election.  The Party Choice Deadline is 21 days before Election Day, the same day as the Voter Registration Deadline: April 26.

These non-affiliated voters share with me as their local election official that “I’m not a member of a party so my vote doesn’t count.” Voters feel disenfranchised and that spills over into apathy and a mistrust of the system as a whole. 

In Clackamas County, more than 99,000 voters are Non-Affiliated (meaning that they do not belong to any party) and another almost 22,000 voters belong to the Independent Party of Oregon or other minor parties. That means that 121,000 voters, or 40% of registered voters in Clackamas County won’t have a say in who our next Governor is and won’t have a say in who their representatives are in the state Senate, state House, US Senate, or US Congress in the upcoming May Primary Election.  They won’t be able to participate until they are simply making a choice between one Democrat, one Republican, and sometimes a third party candidate.   

The 2022 election season is upon us and the May 17 Primary Election is just weeks away. In Oregon, it is easy to vote: 

  • We have Vote-by-Mail.  Every registered voter gets a ballot mailed to their home. 
  • We have automatic voter registration. Every eligible citizen can be automatically registered to vote after a qualifying transaction at the DMV.
  • You can also register to vote once you turn 16 years old.  Then you will get your first ballot for your first eligible election after you turn 18.  There is no missing your first election because you did not know it was happening. 

As an elections administrator and voter education advocate, I know that often voters do not realize they are unable to choose the next Governor or next President until they receive their ballot in the mail and it does not show those partisan offices or the candidate they were planning to vote for. 

The bad news is that after you receive your ballot it is too late to choose a party. The rules are determined by the two major political parties and the state constitution allows the exclusion of all non-party members. 

What can you do about it?

Right Now: Decide if you want to vote in the Republican Closed Party Primary, the Democratic Closed Party Primary, or abstain and have only non-partisan offices on your ballot in May. Update your Party Choice online at OregonVotes.gov/myvote before the April 26 deadline (11:59 p.m. online, close of business in-person, or postmarked by April 26 on a registration form). 

Then: Follow and support initiative petitions like 2022-039 that would allow voters to decide on the November General Election ballot if in fact the Oregon Constitution should be amended to replace the Closed Party Primary with an Open Primary for state and federal offices. This would allow all registered voters to select candidates in the Primary to move on to the General Election. 

In Oregon the major parties (Democratic and Republican) have Closed Party Primary Elections. That means that in order to participate in a major party’s primary election you have to choose to be a member of that party. Image shows a donkey and elephant with blue top halves with white stars and bottom red halves.

Voter Registration Deadline to Vote or Change Party in Oregon Primaries is April 26, 2022

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Contact: Jaime Mathis, jaime@jaimemathis.com, 503-708-3249

West Linn, OR–Oregon’s deadline to register to vote in the May primary election is April 26, 2022. The state of Oregon has closed primary elections, which means you need to select a major party (Democratic or Republican) in order to vote for your chosen partisan candidates in the May 17, 2022 elections. 

Make sure you are able to vote in the partisan primaries by choosing a party and registering today. You can check your registration online at oregonvotes.gov/myvote and validate that your name, mailing address, residence address, and political party are correct. If you are not a member of a major party you will receive a ballot with only nonpartisan contests and ballot measures. 

Any changes you need to make can be done online or by visiting your Clackamas County elections office before 5PM on April 26 at 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City. Multnomah County voter service locations (1040 SE Morrison St. in SE Portland and at 600 NE 8th St. in Gresham) are open later (7PM) and can also help you update your registration if you cannot get in before the Clackamas County Clerk’s office closes at 5PM. 

Catherine McMullen, candidate for Clackamas County Clerk and certified elections administrator has prioritized voter education and outreach in the 15+ elections she has run. “I want to make sure that the clerk really does provide access to democracy by ensuring that all citizens who are eligible to vote, know exactly how and where to exercise their rights.” 

The current clerk has been less forthcoming with elections information, such as neglecting to list the only official ballot drop box site in Wilsonville during the last election cycle despite there being an area specific measure on the ballot. Most recently, the dates for official ballot drop boxes was listed as open beginning October 14, 2020 and has not been updated. 

You can learn more about Catherine McMullen’s campaign at: clackamasvoice.org

Decision 2022: Housing stability, voting access are connected

(An Op-Ed published by Catherine McMullen in the Pamplin Media Clackamas Review)

Catherine McMullen: Eviction crisis in Oregon is amplifying obstacles to voting 

Oregon is touted as the easiest place in America to vote. When asked, “What would a system that wanted people to vote look like?” Stacey Abrams replied, “Oregon.” Voting in Oregon is easy, transparent and even safe during a pandemic. Right? 

Oregon residents who are U.S. citizens can register to vote at age 16 to get their first ballot at age 18; can get registered through an automatic process after a visit to the DMV; and then for every election are mailed a ballot to their home. 

But what if you are experiencing homelessness or housing instability? If you do not have a stable home address, you are dramatically less likely to receive a ballot and subsequently vote in elections. 

Our state remains a shining example to the rest of the country for voting accessibility. 

In the words of President Biden, “The right to vote freely. The right to vote fairly. The right to have your vote counted” has been a reality for Oregonians for more than two decades. 

Despite the fact that ease of voting is an assumption for most Oregonians, “vote at home” is not so easy for underrepresented communities that struggle with economic inequality, housing instability and homelessness. 

It is harder to vote when experiencing poverty. The average American moves once every five years. Economic inequality forces families to move more often. Looking at U.S. Census data, geographic mobility directly correlates to poverty: The more people move, the more likely they are to live below the poverty line.

Low-income families “are forced by urgent crises to choose the safest, most convenient locations necessary for immediate survival rather than take the time to find neighborhoods with great schools and job opportunities,” according to recent research by S. DeLuca at Johns Hopkins University. The more often you move, the harder it is to ensure that your ballot will find you, and the harder it becomes to choose leaders and make decisions on your ballot that will empower communities.

Housing instability and homelessness present significant obstacles to voting. Yes, you do have the right to vote if you are experiencing homelessness, but it is significantly more difficult to exercise that right. The eviction crisis and continuing affordable housing emergency in Oregon only amplify the obstacles to voting for the most vulnerable communities. 

We can begin to address these obstacles to voter registration with tangible actions: 

  • Create more opportunities for automatic voter registration in addition to the DMV such as hunting licenses, social services and community college admissions. 
  • Create a program that encourages property managers to include a voter registration opportunity as part of the lease signing process. 
  • Support culturally responsive organizations that can connect communities to voter registration and participation. 
  • Support social and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to families in poverty and people experiencing homelessness in voter registration and ballot access. 
  • Embrace the improvements to voter access that HB 3291 (Election Day postmarked ballots) will bring to Oregon 
  • Pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, on the national level so that the rest of the country can vote like Oregon does. 

Improving voter registration accessibility, accuracy and accountability will encourage voter participation across diverse communities, leading to increased opportunities for individual and community success, and in turn more responsive public decision-making. 

Catherine McMullen is a candidate for Clackamas County clerk, a position responsible for administering elections in the county.

Be Ready to Vote in Each and Every Election!

The May 17, 2022 Primary Election will soon be here. As your elected County Clerk and head election official, I will have the responsibility to ensure that every eligible voter has the resources they need to register to vote, understand election processes, and be able to VOTE easily and without barriers in each and every election.

Let’s start with the May 17 Primary Election. You should expect to see local and statewide contests on your ballot for this election. If you are a member of the Democratic or Republican party you will have partisan contests on your ballot, including the Governor. The deadline to choose a party or register to vote is April 26. You can update your voter registration at OregonVotes.gov or on a paper registration form.

As the People’s Clerk I will provide election information in five languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian) on our website, social media, and in our press releases. We ask that you share this information widely within our many Clackamas County communities.

We are also knocking on doors throughout Clackamas County each weekend helping voters with the Party Choice Deadline, voter registration, finding their nearest Official Ballot Drop Site, answering questions, and getting out the vote. You can sign up to volunteer online here.

Reach out to Catherine McMullen at ClackamasVoice@gmail.com or 971-212-5690 with any questions. Follow us online on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

Countdown to the May 17 Primary Election

  • April 26 – Voter Registration Deadline and Party Choice Deadline
  • April 27 – Ballots are in the Mail
  • May 5 – You Should Have Your Ballot
  • May 17 – Election Day
  • June 13 – Final Election Results Certified

Cuenta regresiva para las elecciones primarias del 17 de mayo

● 26 de abril – Fecha límite de registro de votantes y fecha límite de elección de partido

● 27 de abril – Las boletas estarán enviándose por correo.

● 5 de mayo: Usted ya debe tener su boleta.

● 17 de mayo: día de las elecciones

● 13 de junio: se anunciarán y certificarán los resultados finales de las elecciones

¿Tienes preguntas? Póngase en contacto con Catherine McMullen para obtener ayuda.

Đếm ngược đến ngày 17 tháng 5 Cuộc bầu cử sơ bộ

  • ngày 26 tháng 4 – Thời hạn Đăng ký Cử tri và Hạn chót Lựa chọn Đảng Chính Trị
  • Ngày 27 tháng 4 – Các lá phiếu bầu cử được gửi qua đường thư tín.
  • Ngày 5 tháng 5 – Bạn sẽ nhận được lá phiếu của mình.
  • 17 tháng 5 – Ngày bầu cử.
  • 13 tháng 6 – Kết quả bầu cử cuối cùng được chứng nhận.

Bạn có câu hỏi? Hãy liên hệ với Catherine McMullen để được hỗ trợ. 

Первичные выборы 17 мая – начинаем обратный отсчет:

·       26 апреля – заканчивается регистрация и определение выбора партии

·       27 апреля – начинается рассылка избирательных бюллетеней по почте

·       5 мая – вы уже должны получить бюллетень

·       17 мая – день голосования

·       13 июня – утверждение результатов голосования

 Есть вопросы? Обратитесь к Кэтрин МакМаллен за помощью.

When is Catherine Going to Be on the Ballot?

The position of County Clerk is a nonpartisan office that has very specific elections rules around when candidates appear on the ballot. I know there has been some confusion as to when I will be on the ballot, so let me try to clear any questions up.

When there is only one candidate filed by the filing deadline, which was March 8, 2022, that candidate goes on the ballot in November.

If there are TWO candidates that file, they both advance and appear on the November General Election ballot.

But if there are MORE than two candidates by the filing deadline, there is a run-off election in May where a couple scenarios could occur. You can see the ORS code 249.091 here.

It’s a bit like “Choose Your Own Adventure-Elections Version.”

If more than two candidates had filed to run, we would have voted in May and if one candidate received more than 50% of the vote then they ALONE would be on the ballot in November.

If no one exceeds 50%, the top two highest vote receiving candidates would advance to November.

Here is why my election will be in November and NOT May.

Until Friday, March 4, I was the ONLY candidate who had filed to run for County Clerk. This meant that I alone would be on the November ballot. The incumbent clerk filed to run again two days before the filing deadline which resulted in there being two candidates filed and therefore, both of us will be on the ballot in November.

It feels convoluted but it is my job as clerk and head election official to make sure everyone knows elections processes and has the information needed about voting so you can make informed decisions.

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions about elections, my candidacy, or how to make your voice heard in our democracy!

Thank you for your engagement and remember, I will be on the ballot NOVEMBER 8, 2022.

Vote Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk in the November General Election!

Don’t wait to get involved!

Adopt a YARD SIGN, sign up to volunteer, endorse Catherine for Clerk, or make a contribution to the campaign!

Thank you for your support!

Image text: The County Clerk race advances to the General Election. Save the Date Month: 11, Day: 08, Year: 22. Vote Catherine McMullen on November 8, 2022. Image is in red and white text with a blue tinted natural background.

Get Ready to Vote Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk in November.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 9, 2022

Contact: Jaime Mathis, jaime@jaimemathis.com, 503-708-3249

Clackamas County Clerk Race Heats Up-Catherine McMullen Consolidates Momentum For A Win

West Linn.–March 8, 2022 was the deadline for candidates to file to run for office in the May 17, 2022 elections. As of today, there are two candidates for clerk that will appear on the November 8 General Election ballot. This means a longer campaign effort and an opportunity for more community members to participate in electing their next clerk.

Catherine McMullen, an experienced elections administrator, mom of two, and community advocate for neurodiverse children and underserved groups is ready for the run. 

“My family and community understand how important it is to have a qualified and fair county clerk who safeguards and administers their elections. I am looking forward to using this extended campaign time to bolster voter outreach and education throughout Clackamas County because citizens have the right to know how their democracy works and how they can have their voices heard.”

McMullen has been actively campaigning since filing last September and has centered elections transparency and security in her priorities when she takes office. She has also emphasized access to the ballot for all citizens legally able to vote and ensuring that traditionally marginalized communities have equal opportunity to participate in local elections.

Mohamed Salim Bahamadi, Founder and Director of HAKI Community Organization in Lake Oswego confirmed her dedication to voter access: “I met Catherine at a voter education event years ago. The work she does really impacts us, the East African Swahili-speaking community. Catherine is here for the community, and we’ve started voting now.” 

Marchel Marcos of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) knows McMullen is ready to uplift their communities voices: “Catherine has a long and established relationship of working at the grassroots level with APANO to expand voter access and resources for the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in our region. We look forward to doing this work together in Clackamas County communities.” 

A contested election means both a more sustained campaign effort and also, more opportunities to hear community needs. “My door is always open to hear community members’ concerns and thoughts. Our campaign also welcomes volunteers with a passion for educating and uplifting the privilege and responsibility of voting. If you care about fair and secure elections, join my campaign and be a part of our movement.” 

McMullen has received top tier endorsements from elected officials, unions, and community leaders throughout the county, notably Governor Barbara Roberts and numerous labor unions.

Major Corey Hester (Milwaukie) of the US Army Reserves sees a leader who is willing and able to serve: “When I first met Catherine I could see the passion and care she had for people. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time getting to know her more and Catherine is a wonderful person who can absolutely get the job done and be a servant leader.” 

The mother of a neurodiverse child, McMullen has long collaborated with other child advocates in the community. April Dobson, Happy Valley School Board Director, mother, and advocate for children with special needs is excited to work with McMullen:

 “As a parent of a child with special needs there is nothing more important to me than giving everyone a voice. Catherine McMullen is a knowledgeable and dedicated public servant who will give us that voice by ensuring fair, unbiased elections and overseeing our office of public records with transparency and integrity.”

County Clerks are nonpartisan elected roles and McMullen takes that seriously. “I intend to be the People’s Clerk. You can count on my commitment to our community and our democracy.” 

You can find out more about Catherine McMullen’s campaign and sign up to volunteer or donate here.

Image: Catherine helps a voter with registration at a Bridging Cultures event at Wait Park in Canby in September 2021. The talk outside at a red table, holding a clipboard.

Adopt a YARD SIGN!

The Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk campaign will have yard signs later this week!  Please sign up HERE to have one delivered to your door.

You can also sign up to be a Yard Sign Captain for your town or area. We plan to start making deliveries as soon as Wed March 9th, once the order is picked up from the local union print shop.

Thank you for your continued support!

Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk yard sign image. Catherine and Clerk are white and in all caps. McMullen and Clackamas County are in light blue. The word “for” is white and in cursive. The sign is blue for the top two thirds and red in the bottom third with a thin white border.

Catherine McMullen Stands Out As Ideal Candidate in Race for Clackamas County Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 4, 2022

Contact: Jaime Mathis, jaime@jaimemathis.com 503-708-3249

West Linn, OR.–The Clackamas County Clerk’s contest has an ideal candidate running for office. Catherine McMullen, a long time Oregonian, certified elections administrator, and advocate for disenfranchised communities and neurodiverse children has garnered the backing of elected officials, unions and professional organizations. McMullen’s credentials, experience, and fitness for the position of Clackamas County’s top elections official have caused an outpouring of support and engagement in her campaign across the county.

Governor Barbara Roberts is fully on board. “I want Catherine to be MY clerk because she deeply understands how to run transparent and equitable elections.” 

Oregon’s senior elections official, former Secretary of State Phil Keisling is throwing his weight behind McMullen’s candidacy as well. “Catherine McMullen’s deep experience and unwavering commitment to fair and secure elections make her an outstanding choice to be Clackamas county’s next county clerk.” 

Clackamas county mayors like Jule Fitzgerald of Wilsonville voiced her support, citing McMullen’s deep experience with well-run elections. “Catherine McMullen has the expertise, qualifications, skills and dedication that all Clackamas County voters need. Elect Catherine for County Clerk.”

Unions are also lining up to show their solidarity with a fellow union member. “The NW Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Catherine McMullen for the office of County Clerk for Clackamas County. Catherine has seventeen years of public service experience and she started the Voter Education and Outreach Program, the only local government program of its kind. Catherine’s determination to assure everyone has fair and equitable access to the ballot and that elections in Clackamas County are accurate, secure and transparent align with our values and will be a refreshing change for this office.”

“With Catherine McMullen, Clackamas County residents will finally get the expertise to assure fair, accessible and credible elections.” -AFSCME Local 350

Equity organizations like Basic Rights Oregon have featured McMullen’s commitment to inclusion and advocacy in their publications, praising her for her stance.

“The county clerk’s office also officiates weddings–that is, if the clerk chooses to. In Clackamas County the clerk’s office ceased officiating weddings once same-sex weddings became legal. The timing makes it pretty evident that the clerk doesn’t want to officiate a gay wedding. Catherine McMullen, a candidate for Clackamas County Clerk, has pledged to renew the practice of officiating weddings – queer and straight – if elected. She’s said she wants the clerk’s office to feel welcoming to all county residents, whether it’s a gay couple seeking to be married, a trans person updating a passport, or a BIPOC resident accessing public records.”

McMullen’s integrity, fairness, and responsibility are some of the reasons professional groups are choosing to endorse her candidacy.

“The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® (PMAR), comprised of over 8,400 members throughout the metro region, is pleased to endorse Catherine McMullen, candidate for Clackamas County Clerk. The clerk plays an essential role in a real estate transaction, and we need a principled and committed leader in that position. Catherine is the candidate who is dedicated to ensuring real estate transactions are recorded promptly, easily, and accurately and is committed to addressing and providing the opportunity to eliminate past racist covenants. PMAR and our members are excited to see Catherine get elected as the next Clackamas County Clerk.”

McMullen’s campaign has raised over 25K to date and has reached thousands of voters through community driven postcard campaigns and events.

You can learn more about Catherine McMullen’s campaign, supporters, and how to get involved at:  ClackamasVoice.org 

Catherine McMullen, candidate for County Clerk has a serious expression with her brown hair pulled back into a pony tail. She wears a red suit jacket and blue top. Image courtesy of Andie Petkus Photography.