Return your ballot by mail! No stamp needed! Postmarks DO count!

May 17 is Election Day. You can return your voted ballot by mail or to any Official Drop Site in Oregon. Ballots returned by mail must be mailed with a postmark on or before Election Day.  No stamp is needed!

Have a voice! Vote your ballot and return it today!

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance. 

¡Devuelva su boleta por correo! ¡No necesita estampilla! ¡pero el sello o marca de la oficina postal sí cuentan!

El 17 de mayo es el día de las elecciones. Puede devolver su boleta marcado con sus votos por correo o en cualquier sitio oficial de entrega en Oregón. Las boletas devueltas por correo deben enviarse con matasellos o sellos postal que marca el día que estas enviándolo el día de las elecciones o antes. ¡No se necesita mandar con estampilla!

¡Tenga una voz! ¡Vote en su boleta y devuélvala hoy!


Gửi lại lá phiếu của bạn qua đường bưu điện! Không cần tem! Dấu bưu điện sẽ được tính!

Ngày 17 tháng 5 là Ngày bầu cử. Bạn có thể gửi lại lá phiếu đã bầu của mình qua đường bưu điện hoặc đến bất kỳ Địa Điểm Bỏ Phiếu chính thức nào ở Oregon. Các lá phiếu được trả lại bằng thư phải được gửi qua đường bưu điện có dấu bưu điện vào hoặc trước Ngày Bầu cử. Không cần đóng dấu!

Hãy có tiếng nói! Bỏ phiếu của bạn và gửi lại nó ngay hôm nay!


Отправьте ваш бюллетень по почте! Марка на конверте не нужна! Дата на почтовом штемпеле ИМЕЕТ значение!

17 мая – день выборов. Вы можете сделать свой выбор на бюллетене и вернуть его по почте или опустить в ящик в одном из официальных пунктов для сбора бюллетеней в Орегоне. Дата на штемпеле конверта с бюллетенем, отправленным по почте, должна быть не позднее дня голосования. Наклеивать марку на конверт не нужно!

Воспользуйтесь своим голосом! Проголосуйте по бюллетеню и отправьте его сегодня!


寄回选票! 无需邮票! 以邮戳为准!

5 月 17 日是选举日。 您可以通过邮寄或俄勒冈州的任何官方投递站点投回您填写好的选票。 邮寄填写好的选票必须在选举日当天或之前寄出以邮戳为准。 不需要粘贴邮票!

享用您的发言权! 就在今天寄回您的选票!

Oregon City Special Mayoral Election set for August 23, 2022

Oregon City Special Election Alert! The City of Oregon City has filed for the August 23, 2022 special election date in order to choose a new mayor to replace Rachel Lyles Smith who resigned April 22.

Commissioner Denyse McGriff is taking over mayoral duties until a new mayor is elected August 23 to finish out Lyles Smith’s term. Oregon City voters should expect to see this special election ballot at the beginning of August.

Hear from Commissioner McGriff on KOIN 6 news about the change

Learn how to file for an open Commissioner or Mayoral position with the City of Oregon City Recorder’s Office.

Two elections this year for Oregon City elected officials –

August 23, 2022 Special Election – To fill the mayor’s vacant term created by the resignation of Mayor Lyles Smith. The mayor elected will serve until December 31, 2022.


November 8, 2022 General Election – The election will include the position of mayor and two city commissioner positions, each with terms ending December 31, 2026.

Learn all of the requirements and qualifications from the Oregon City Recorder’s Office: https://www.orcity.org/cityrecorder/city-commission-election

Election FAQ: Questions Candidates and Voters may have about Clackamas County’s Ballot Barcode Printing Errors

This guidance is based on what we know so far, on May 5th. We will share out new updates if information changes.

Will my voted ballot be counted if the barcode is blurred?

Yes, every valid ballot will be counted.  If the barcode on your ballot is blurred it will be duplicated by hand, by two sworn elections officials from different political parties so that it is machine readable and your vote can be accurately counted.

Should I turn in my ballot early? Should I encourage voters to turn in their ballots early?

You should turn in your ballot as soon as you are done voting. You have two choices in returning your ballot: 1) Mail your ballot back, postmarked on or before Election Day, May 17, 2022, no stamp needed! or 2) Return your ballot to any Official Ballot Drop Site in the state before 8:00 PM on Election Night, May 17, 2022. You can find your nearest Official Ballot Drop Site at www.oregonvotes.gov/dropbox

Will this change the outcome of the election?

No, this will not change the outcome of the May Primary Election.  Your vote will be counted.  Duplication of affected ballots will take more time and dramatically increase staffing costs. It may delay reporting of results.

How much longer will it take to count the votes and know the outcome of the election?

At this time we do not have enough information about how many ballots are affected and will have to be duplicated, and what staff resources are on hand to duplicate all affected ballots.  We should expect there to be fewer ballots in the first report of election results on Election Night shortly after 8 p.m. It all depends on actual volume and staff resources available.  

Results must be certified on or before June 13.  You can view the schedule of returns and results reporting here: https://www.clackamas.us/elections/returns-results

I would like to observe the ballot duplication process.

To be an election observer, reach out to your party leadership or reach out directly to the county elections office to schedule a time to observe the process. We encourage you to be an election observer and have a front row seat in our democracy.

All voters should have received their ballot by May 5!

Check your mailbox, if you haven’t received your ballot by mail delivery TODAY: May 5, now is the time to contact your elections office. Sometimes mail gets lost or misdirected.  Your elections office can inactivate your first ballot and send you a second active ballot.

Sometimes voters move and forget to update their address on their voter registration record. Anytime you move you need to update your voter registration. You can update your residence or mailing address up until 8 PM on Election Day. As long as you were already actively registered in Oregon you have the right to vote!


Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance.  

¡Todos los votantes deberían haber recibido su boleta antes del 5 de mayo!

Revise su buzón, si no ha recibido su boleta por correo HOY: 5 de mayo, ahora es el momento de comunicarse con su oficina electoral. A veces el correo se pierde o se desvía mal. Su oficina electoral puede desactivar su primera boleta y enviarle una segunda boleta activa.

A veces, los votantes se mudan y se olvidan de actualizar su dirección en su registro de registro de votantes. Cada vez que se mude, debe actualizar su registro de votante. Puede actualizar su residencia o dirección postal hasta las 8 p. m. del día de las elecciones. ¡Mientras ya esté registrado activamente en Oregón, tiene derecho a votar!


Tất cả các cử tri lẽ ra đã nhận được lá phiếu của họ trước ngày 5 tháng 5!

Kiểm tra hộp thư của bạn, nếu bạn chưa nhận được lá phiếu của mình qua đường bưu điện NGAY HÔM NAY: Ngày 5 tháng 5, bây giờ là lúc để liên hệ với văn phòng bầu cử của bạn. Đôi khi thư bị thất lạc hoặc chuyển hướng sai. Văn phòng bầu cử của bạn có thể hủy kích hoạt lá phiếu đầu tiên của bạn và gửi cho bạn lá phiếu hơp lệ thứ hai.

Đôi khi cử tri chuyển nhà và quên cập nhật địa chỉ của họ trong hồ sơ đăng ký cử tri của họ. Bất cứ nơi nào bạn di chuyển, bạn cần phải cập nhật đăng ký cử tri của bạn. Bạn có thể cập nhật nơi cư trú hoặc địa chỉ gửi thư của mình cho đến 8 giờ tối vào Ngày Bầu cử. Miễn là bạn đã chủ động đăng ký ở Oregon, bạn có quyền bỏ phiếu! 


Все избиратели уже должны получить свой бюллетень до 5 мая!

Проверьте свой почтовый ящик, если до СЕГОДНЯШНЕГО дня, 5 мая, вы еще не получили по почте бюллетень. В таком случае необходимо связаться с офисом избирательной комиссии. Случается, что почта теряется или доставляется не по адресу. Избирательная комиссия может аннулировать первый бюллетень и выдать дубликат.

Бывает, что избиратели меняют место жительства и забывают поменять адрес в регистрационных записях. При каждой перемене места жительства вы должны обновить информацию регистрации избирателя. Вы можете обновить информацию о месте проживания или адресе для почтовых отправлений вплоть до 8 часов вечера в день голосования. Если вы зарегистрировались в качестве избирателя, вы имеете право голосовать!


所有选民都应该在 5 月 5 日之前收到选票!

如果您还没有以邮寄方式收到选票,请您 今天:5 月 5 日检查您的邮箱 ,现在是联系您的选举办公室的时候了。 有时邮件会丢失或被误送。 您的选举办公室可以将您的第一张选票作废并向您发送第二张有效选票。

有时选民搬家后忘记在选民登记记录上更新他们的新地址。 每当您搬迁到新居住地时,您都需要更新您的选民登记表。 您可以在选举日晚上 8 点之前更新您的住所或邮寄地址。 只要您已经在俄勒冈州积极注册,您就有权投票!

Current Clackamas County Clerk Announces Ballot Barcode Misprint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 4, 2022

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

Another Mistake in a Career of Missteps and Lack of Accountability

West Linn, OR. – In what has become almost de rigeur with the Clackamas County Clerk’s office around election time, a press release was issued today by Clerk Hall stating that an unknown number of ballots had their barcodes misprinted and would have to be duplicated by trained staff, resulting in higher labor costs and potentially delayed primary election results. 

The press release did not specifically name the printer in question, but upon investigation, Moonlight BPO was discovered to be the company which misprinted the ballots. While many county clerks offices have representatives at the printers to ensure printing accuracy, early sources indicate that there may not have been any election office oversight when the ballots were being printed.

Clerk Hall has come under closer scrutiny during this election with op-eds in local papers questioning her ability to run secure, reliable, and competent elections and pointing to Catherine McMullen, a trained, accredited, and seasoned elections official as the change Clackamas County needs. 

Many articles and press have been devoted to detailing the litany of election mistakes that Clerk Hall’s office has produced since her election 20 years ago. Ballot errors in the past have cost voters’ over 100K to reprint and in 2012 Clerk Hall was responsible for hiring a woman who committed election fraud by filling in blank spaces for her own  preferred candidates. She was convicted and spent 90 days in jail. 

The final cost in the May 17 election for the current mistake has yet to be determined and likely will not be available to the public until after Election Day. In the meantime, many more staff hours will have to be spent to oversee and maintain the security and transparency of the ballot duplicating process which takes around 5 minutes per ballot to complete. Ballot duplication is a process intended for small scale issues such as damaged or torn ballots not large printing errors. 

Clackamas County has 306,675 registered voters. If we assume that two staff get paid minimum wage and 10% of the ballots are misprinted, Clackamas County could be paying an extra $50-100K in labor depending on the full scope of the error. 

Voters in Clackamas County have called for Clerk Hall’s resignation over past election fraud and unnecessary expenditures. Former Clackamas Commissioner Chair, Lynn Peterson said, “Ms. Hall neglected the single most important duty of her office – to ensure that our elections run smoothly. This is not a matter of ideology, but of basic competence by a fellow elected official.”

So far, Sherry Hall has remained in her position as County Clerk, the top election official for the county. With the high rate of staff turn-over in the Clerk’s office in addition to the consistency of mistakes over two decades, challenger Catherine McMullen had the following comment: 

“These types of mistakes are preventable and erode trust between the citizens and our democratic processes. It is crucial to stop these costly errors so our elections can run smoothly, securely, and transparently. As a Certified Elections Administrator through the Oregon Association of County Clerks, I make it my business to get these critical details of election administration right. We must have accurate elections.”

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

Update May 5, 2022 – The Clerk’s office has shared with KOIN 6 news that likely two thirds of the 309,000 ballots have unreadable barcodes: https://www.koin.com/news/elections/defective-barcodes-found-on-clackco-ballots-ahead-of-primary-election/

Detailed media coverage of the error:

Clackamas Review (Pamplin Media) Clackamas County votes will still be counted despite costly error: Two election workers of different political parties to transfer more than 50,000 estimated ballots to machine readable format. READ ARTICLE

Oregonian Printing errors affecting many Clackamas County ballots will require copying votes by hand, raising county costs and delaying election results. READ ARTICLE 

OPB Clackamas County elections officials say some primary ballots are defective.  READ ARTICLE

Oregon Secretary of State Oregon Election Statement on Clackamas County Ballot Printing Error READ STATEMENT

Sources:

Voters experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity have the right to vote!

You can register to vote even if you do not have a permanent address or are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. You still have the right to vote! 

When registering to vote your residence address can be any physical location within the county that describes where you spend time (park, library, church). If it is not a traditional residence address you can indicate the location with cross streets. This will help the elections official determine your precinct and ensure that you get the right ballot. 

Your mailing address is the address where you want your ballot mailed (PO Box, address where you can pick up mail, elections office if needed).  You can always pick up a replacement ballot at your elections office if your mailing address is no longer accessible to you.

The Voter Registration Deadline is 21 days before Election Day but if you are already registered to vote in Oregon, you can update your residence or mailing address any time up until 8PM on Election Day.


 ¡Los votantes sin hogar o no tienen una dirección estable de vivienda también tienen derecho a votar! 

Puede registrarse para votar incluso si no tiene una dirección permanente o está experimentando inestabilidad o falta de vivienda. ¡Aún tienes derecho a votar! Al registrarse para votar, su dirección de residencia puede ser cualquier ubicación física dentro del condado que describa dónde pasa el tiempo (parque, biblioteca, iglesia). Si no es una dirección de residencia tradicional, puede indicar la ubicación con cruces de calles. Esto ayudará al funcionario electoral a determinar su precinto y garantizar que obtenga la boleta correcta. Su dirección postal es la dirección a la que desea que le envíen su boleta (apartado postal, dirección donde puede recoger el correo, oficina electoral si es necesario). Siempre puede recoger una boleta de reemplazo en su oficina electoral si ya no puede acceder a su dirección postal. La fecha límite para el registro de votantes es 21 días antes del día de las elecciones, pero si ya está registrado para votar en Oregón, puede actualizar su domicilio o dirección postal en cualquier momento hasta las 8:00 p. m. del día de las elecciones.


Các cử tri gặp tình trạng vô gia cư hoặc nhà ở không an toàn vẫn có quyền bỏ phiếu!

Bạn có thể đăng ký bỏ phiếu ngay cả khi bạn không có địa chỉ thường trú hoặc đang gặp phải tình trạng nhà ở không an toàn hoặc vô gia cư. Bạn vẫn có quyền bỏ phiếu! 

Khi đăng ký bỏ phiếu, địa chỉ cư trú có thể là bất kỳ vị trí thực tế nào trong quận mô tả nơi bạn dành thời gian (công viên, thư viện, nhà thờ). Nếu đó không phải là một địa chỉ cư trú truyền thống, bạn có thể chỉ ra vị trí có đường giao nhau. Điều này sẽ giúp viên chức bầu cử xác định khu vực bầu cử của bạn và đảm bảo rằng bạn có được lá phiếu bầu cử phù hợp. 

Địa chỉ gửi thư là địa chỉ mà bạn muốn lá phiếu của mình được gửi qua thư (Hộp thư bưu điện, địa chỉ nơi bạn có thể nhận thư, văn phòng bầu cử nếu cần). Bạn luôn có thể nhận một lá phiếu thay thế tại văn phòng bầu cử của bạn nếu địa chỉ gửi thư của bạn không thể truy cập được nữa.

Thời hạn Đăng ký Cử tri là 21 ngày trước Ngày Bầu cử nhưng nếu bạn đã đăng ký bỏ phiếu ở Oregon, bạn có thể cập nhật nơi cư trú hoặc địa chỉ gửi thư của mình bất kỳ lúc nào cho đến 8 giờ tối của Ngày Bầu cử. 


Бездомные избиратели и не имеющие постоянного места жительства имеют право голоса!

Вы можете зарегистрироваться для голосования даже если у вас нет постоянного адреса, постоянного места жительства или вы бездомный. Вы также имеете право голоса!

При регистрации в качестве избирателя вы можете в качестве места жительства указать любое место, где вы проводите время – это может быть парк, библиотека или церковь. Если это не обычное место жительства в традиционном смысле, то вы можете даже указать пересечение улиц. Это поможет сотрудникам избирательной комиссии определить это место и обеспечить получение вами соответствующего бюллетеня.

Ваш почтовый адрес – это адрес, по которому вы хотите, чтобы вам отправили ваш бюллетень: это может быть почтовый ящик, адрес, по которому вы можете забрать свою почту или избирательный участок. Вы всегда можете получить дубликат бюллетеня в офисе избирательной комиссии, если у вас больше нет доступа к тому месту, которое вы указали в качестве адреса для почтовых отправлений.

Регистрация избирателей заканчивается за 21 день до дня голосования, но если вы уже зарегистрированы для голосования в Орегоне, то вы можете изменить адрес проживания или для почтовых отправлений в любое время до 8 часов вечера в день голосования.

Celebrate Voting! Starting TODAY ballots have begun to be mailed to voters!

Celebrate Voting! Starting TODAY ballots have begun to be mailed to voters!

Look for your ballot to arrive in your mailbox starting TODAY through May 5.  Once you receive your ballot check that your name, address, and party affiliation are accurate. If you have questions contact your elections office immediately.

It is too late to change your party choice.  If you don’t get the ballot you expected (Democratic, Republican, or Other Party/Nonaffiliated) contact your elections office.  Sometimes when voters change their party close to the Party Choice Deadline there is more than one ballot sent out (the old affiliation, then the new affiliation). The first ballot is made inactive and cannot be voted. The second ballot is your active ballot and will be counted.

Check your mailbox! Celebrate voting!

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance. 

Celebrate Voting! Qi, Catherine, and Susy stand outside at a community event under their Clackamas Voice booth in Milwaukie, Oregon.

¡Celebrando la votación! ¡A partir de HOY, las boletas han comenzado a enviarse por correo a los votantes! 

Espere que su boleta llegue a su buzón a partir de HOY hasta el 5 de mayo. Una vez que reciba su boleta, verifique que su nombre, dirección y afiliación política sean correctos. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con su oficina electoral de inmediato. A partir del 5 de mayo es demasiado tarde para cambiar su elección de partido. Si no recibe la boleta que esperaba (Demócrata, Republicano u Otro Partido/No afiliado) comuníquese con su oficina electoral. A veces, cuando los votantes cambian de partido cerca de la fecha límite de elección de partido, se envía más de una boleta (la antigua afiliación, luego la nueva afiliación). La primera papeleta o boleta de voto se desactiva y no se puede votar. La segunda boleta es su boleta activa y se contará. 

¡Revise su correo! ¡Celebra la votación!

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

Chào mừng Bỏ phiếu! Bắt đầu từ HÔM NAY các lá phiếu đã bắt đầu được gửi đến các cử tri!

Hãy tìm lá phiếu của bạn trong hộp thư của bạn bắt đầu từ HÔM NAY đến hết ngày 5 tháng 5. Khi bạn nhận được lá phiếu, hãy kiểm tra xem tên, địa chỉ và đảng viên của bạn là chính xác hay không. Nếu bạn có câu hỏi, hãy liên hệ với văn phòng bầu cử của bạn ngay lập tức.

Đã quá muộn để thay đổi lựa chọn Đảng phái của bạn. Nếu bạn không nhận được lá phiếu mà bạn mong đợi (Dân chủ, Cộng hòa, hoặc Đảng khác / Không liên kết), hãy liên hệ với văn phòng bầu cử của bạn. Đôi khi, khi cử tri thay đổi đảng phái của họ gần với hạn chót lựa chọn đảng, có nhiều hơn một lá phiếu được gửi đi (liên kết cũ, sau đó là liên kết mới). Lá phiếu đầu tiên được thực hiện không hoạt động và không thể được biểu quyết. Lá phiếu thứ hai là lá phiếu hoạt động của bạn và sẽ được tính.

Kiểm tra hộp thư của bạn! Ăn mừng việc bầu cử!

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

庆祝投票! 从今天开始,选票已开始邮寄给选民!

从今天到 5 月 5 日,寻找您的选票到达您的邮箱。收到选票后,请检查您的姓名、地址和党派关系是否准确。 如果您有任何疑问,请立即联系您的选举办公室。

有问题吗? 联系凯瑟琳麦克马伦(Catherine McMullen)寻求帮助。

Процесс голосования стартует! С сегодняшнего дня началась рассылка бюллетеней избирателям по почте!

Начиная с сегодняшнего дня и по 5 мая, вы должны получить по почте бюллетень.

Получив бюллетень, проверьте, правильно ли указаны ваше имя и фамилия, адрес и партийная принадлежность. Если возникнут какие-то вопросы, немедленно обратитесь в свою избирательную комиссию.

На этом этапе вы уже не можете поменять партийную принадлежность.  Если вы не получили ожидаемый бюллетень (для избирателя от демократическо, республиканской партии или других партий или беспартийного), свяжитесь с офисом избирательной комиссии. Случается, что если избиратель сменил партийную принадлежность в конце периода, когда такие изменения можно делать, то ему отправляют два бюллетеня – один по предыдущей партийной принадлежности и другой – по новой принадлежности. Первый бюллетень аннулируется и по нему нельзя голосовать. Голосовать надо по второму бюллетеню, и именно он будет использован при подсчете голосов.

Проверьте свой почтовый ящик! Голосование началось!

Есть вопросы? Обратитесь к Кэтрин МакМаллен за помощью.

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.