Pamplin Media Editorial Board “It’s time to restore trust in Clackamas County elections”

Pamplin Media Group editorial board: Sherry Hall must leave clerk’s office and make room for qualified candidate Catherine McMullen

Clackamas County’s elections clerk, who has made a litany of ballot mistakes in her 20-year tenure, should be removed from office.

Calling for the county’s clerk to resign or be recalled after her latest disastrous antics was an easy decision for Pamplin Media Group, since it was a decision that we’ve already made — repeatedly. Our editorial board called for her removal in 2010, after Sherry Hall’s office cost the county an extra $120,000 by misprinting ballots to include a race that was supposed to be in a different election.

We called for Hall’s removal from office again in 2012, when one of her employees was caught ballot tampering, filling in blank ovals for Republican candidates. This employee was eventually sentenced to 90 days in jail for the crime.

Calling for the ousting of the clerk is even easier this time around, with the availability of a qualified candidate to replace Hall on the November ballot. Catherine McMullen is a West Linn resident and employee of the Multnomah County Elections Office. McMullen, who holds certifications in elections management, shouldn’t be forced to wait until November to be Hall’s replacement.

Hall should resign now, so that Clackamas County commissioners can appoint McMullen and ensure a smooth transition for the elections office. In resigning, Hall would avoid prolonging what we believe will be her inevitable departure from office after the November election.

Read the full Media Endorsement on Pamplin Media.

Catherine McMullen, Candidate for Clackamas County Clerk, Issues Statement on Mounting Public Outcry for Clerk Hall’s Resignation


Contact: Jaime Mathis, 503-708-3249

Catherine McMullen, Candidate for Clackamas County Clerk, Issues Statement on Mounting Public Outcry for Clerk Hall’s Resignation

West Linn, Or.–Candidate for Clackamas County Clerk and veteran elections administrator Catherine McMullen released the following statement in response to the mounting public outcry over Clackamas County’s delayed May Primary elections results:

“As an experienced elections administrator and Clackamas County voter, I fully appreciate how distressing this election’s mishandling has been for voters, candidates, staff, and the greater public. 

Our elections are the heart of our democracy. Local election administration and voter participation are the heartbeat that keeps our communities pulsing forward. It is important that we stay clear-eyed in our response to this unfortunate event. This is an issue of one person’s incompetence, not a flawed voting system. Despite the sporadic and delayed reporting, upon certification, the May Primary Election results will be accurate. 

This crisis could have been avoided if Clerk Hall had taken appropriate preventative measures, followed established protocols, caught the blurred barcodes on ballots in quality control; or even after discovering the error, had mounted a timely or planned response to the printing error. 

There is public recourse and it lies in our electoral process. Clerk Hall is an elected official and the citizens of Clackamas County can vote her out of office in November if she chooses not to resign. 

You can guarantee that there will be plentiful oversight and quality assurance for the August Special and November General elections from the Secretary of State, Clackamas County leadership, elections officials like myself, and fellow voters. 

Clackamas County is treating this like the emergency it is and has stepped up resources, organization, and communication under County Administrator Gary Schmidt (newly appointed Deputy Elections Administrator). I am grateful for the hundreds of county employees who are now processing ballots in addition to their important work for county residents to make sure this election is completed on time. Updates from Clackamas County are now available on their own website: Thank you for your dedication to our democracy. 

We can and will rise from this preventable situation by standing together as voters and citizens, but we must strengthen our focus and resolve to make our elections work for us this November and vote the current clerk out of office. 

In my seven years of administering elections, I have won awards for voter education and outreach, conducted multiple elections during the pandemic and even one during a county-wide fire emergency. I am known for my attention to detail, librarian-level organization, empathy, and skilled crisis response. We WILL have elections that are timely, transparent, secure, and trustworthy.”

You can learn more and get involved with Catherine McMullen’s campaign by visiting, volunteering, or donating at:

Accountability and Outcome Possibilities for Clackamas County’s Delayed Elections


Contact: Jaime Mathis,, 503-708-3249

West Linn, OR.-As delayed election results and blurred barcodes on May Primary Election ballots continue to impact Clackamas County voters and candidates, I am aware that many people are wondering about how this will play out and how we can mitigate similar events in the future. There are also questions about how to enact accountability in actionable, legal, and practical ways.  Here is some context for possible outcomes.

If the Governor in consultation with the Secretary of State declares a “county election emergency” (ORS 246.710) the SOS can step in under certain fiscal circumstances and support the conduct of the election until it is certified or until the emergency no longer exists. The Clackamas Board of County Commissioners can request from the Governor that an emergency be declared. 

An important point to note is that counties, through County Clerks or through another head election official, are the administrators of elections, and the Secretary of State monitors and supervises administration in all 36 counties. The SOS also ensures the uniform interpretation and application of Oregon’s election laws and enforces federal election laws. The physical work of running elections would remain housed in the current clerk’s office with the SOS acting as the quality control mechanism specifically for Clackamas County. This could happen with the clerk still holding her office but with an increased level of support and supervision.  

The Clackamas County Clerk is an elected position that is selected by the voters every four years in a November General Election. Only if there are three or more candidates is it also on the ballot in the May Primary Election. This means that the clerk cannot be removed from office barring becoming ineligible (moving out of the county), being successfully recalled, or being voted out of office in a subsequent election. The clerk can also resign, in which case, the Board of County Commissioners would be tasked with appointing a temporary clerk until the November General Election could be held and the elected clerk takes office in January (ORS 236.210).

Ultimately what is most important is that the ballots here in Clackamas County are counted accurately and without further delays or preventable mistakes. It is also vital that confidence in our elections officials and our elections be rebuilt by ensuring this does not happen again. Pat Dooris at KGW has written a thoughtful assessment for preventative measures that can and should be taken to catch any such mistakes in the future and provides current examples of where these quality assurance practices are taking place in Oregon. I highly recommend checking it out. 

The voters, candidates, and the country are waiting for the results and the democratic process of electing our leaders to continue.

Clackamas County badly needs a clerk who will count your vote and can deliver timely election results. I stand ready as an experienced and award-winning elections administrator, to bring timely, accurate, secure, transparent, and accessible elections to the voters of our county. We can rise from this unfortunate mishandling with an experienced professional at the helm.

Elect Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk in the November General Election


Statement from Catherine McMullen to Voters Regarding the Current Status of May Primary Election Results in Our County

Good morning Clackamas County voters and Oregon elections community –

As an experienced election administrator and Clackamas County voter I am extremely concerned about the continued lack of accountability, transparency, and timeliness coming from the current clerk in response to the barcode errors and extreme delay of results reporting for the May Primary election. I wanted to share important information this morning about what the sparse results from last night show and more importantly what they do not show. Some badly needed context should be provided.

As you may know, the Election Night results reported from the current county clerk are severely incomplete and do not provide sufficient information, reporting heavily skewed results from only 15.78% of ballots returned by end of day Monday. We do not yet know the number of ballots returned on Election Day, nor the outcome or even the trend with most if not all contests in our county, as well as key state and federal contests.

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan issued a statement late last night as I was arriving home from my work as an election administrator. The full statement is below and linked.

Statement from Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan on Clackamas County Elections Results Delay

SALEM, OR —  The following is a statement from Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan on the Clackamas County Elections Results Delay:

“As Oregon’s chief election officer – and a Clackamas County voter — I am deeply concerned about the delay in reporting from Clackamas County Elections tonight. While I am confident that the process they are following is secure, transparent and the results will be accurate, the county’s reporting delays tonight are unacceptable. Voters have done their jobs, and now it’s time for Clackamas County Elections to do theirs.

“In recent days, my office and other counties have offered extra personnel to help with timely reporting. We eagerly await a response from county elections officials on how we can aid in the timely processing of results. I am disappointed that we have not seen more urgency from elections officials in Clackamas County.”

Here is my brief, expert analysis working with the same limited data we all have:

We received one unofficial report of results late last night, with a run time of 7:14 PM that included only 10,356 tallied votes. It is important to note, as the current clerk admitted to the Oregonian on Monday, that these results are heavily skewed as the majority of ballots affected by the barcode error were Democratic ballots, while the Republican and Nonaffiliated ballots were largely unaffected. As of early Wednesday morning we still do not have a report from the current clerk as to how many total ballots she had received as of Election Night, and we also do not know how many ballots there are with barcode errors that need to be duplicated or what the party breakdown is on those ballots (Democratic, Republican, or Nonaffiliated). 

We can, however, look at the turnout for the Governor’s contests to see what the breakdown is of voted ballots from this small sample. Of the 10,356 ballots reported, only 1,882 voters made a choice in the Democratic Party Governor’s race (48 undervotes, 2 overvotes) for a total of 1,932 Democratic Party ballots included in the first report of results. By contrast,6,352 voters made a choice in the Republican Party Governor’s race (138 undervotes, 36 overvotes) for a total of 6,526 Republican ballots included in the first report of results. That leaves 2,072 Nonaffiliated ballots.

The percentage break down of the current count is:

Total Ballots Reported 10, 356 100%

Democratic Party ballots   1,932 18.66%

Republican Party ballots   6,352 61.34%

Nonaffiliated ballots   2,072 20.00%

The initial results are heavily skewed toward reporting Republican Party choices; this is particularly important to note in the nonpartisan contests at the state and local level including County Commissioner Position 2 and 5. We should expect as voters for the outcomes of all contests to be updated and become clear as more information is provided, but in particular nonpartisan contest results have the potential to change dramatically because of the current uneven ratio of ballots counted along party lines.

Currently the current clerk is reporting 65,645 ballots returned as of end of day Monday, May 16. That means only 15.78% of ballots returned by end of day Monday were included in last night’s late results reporting. This is a far cry from established practice across the state of county clerks reporting results at least through Monday’s returns. We do not yet know how many ballots were returned on Election Day, Tuesday, or how many cast on time ballots will arrive with the new postmark rule. What we do know is that our current sample of ballots is skewed and too small to be relied on for any definitive results reporting.

At the time of sharing this information, I do not have any additional information about the emerging situation at the elections office or how the current clerk will ensure all votes are processed and accurately counted on time, and importantly that the election is certified by the June 13 statutory deadline. According to the Clackamas County Elections posted returns and results schedule we will not have another update on results until tomorrow, Thursday May 19.

I will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you for voting and for holding our elected officials accountable. Clackamas County voters, I will be on your ballot in November.

Sincerely –

Catherine McMullen, Voter, Certified Elections Administrator, and candidate for Clackamas County Clerk


Election Day – Ballots Need to be Dropped Off or Postmarked Before 8 PM


Contact: Jaime Mathis,, 503-708-3249

This press release can be viewed in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian.

West Linn, OR– Clackamas County Clerk candidate and elections official, Catherine McMullen started an award winning voter education and outreach program because she wanted voters to be able to vote. “Over 1 million Oregon voters don’t end up voting in the primaries. I aim to change that so more folks can participate in our democracy.” Today is Election Day and McMullen is out doing her job as an elections administrator instead of campaigning to be Clackamas County’s top election official. “I walk my talk and have invested my career in becoming the best candidate for Clerk in Clackamas County so I’m working today! I’ll be back on the campaign trail once the ballots are in and counted.”  

Voters in Oregon can return their voted ballot to any Official Ballot Drop Site in the State of Oregon. Ballots must be dropped off by 8 PM or postmarked by TODAY if you choose to mail it. You can request to have it hand stamped at your local post office. If you choose to mail, make sure your ballot is postmarked for May 17 so it can be counted. If you put it in your mailbox, double-check that your mail carrier has picked up your ballot. 

The best way to return your voted ballot today is to an Official Ballot Drop Site. You can look up your nearest drop site by entering your residence address into a lookup tool from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office:

If you need help with your ballot, it is not too late. County Clerk offices are required to be open each Election Day from 7AM – 8PM to assist voters. The elections office in Clackamas County is located at 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City.

Unofficial election results will be available shortly after 8PM tonight on the Secretary of State’s website Voters should be prepared for a number of voted ballots to not yet counted in this initial Election Night results reporting. Approximately two thirds of ballots were printed with blurred barcodes. The current clerk is now reporting that the majority of the affected ballots are Democratic party ballots.  If you haven’t yet voted make sure to turn in your ballot before 8 PM as it WILL be counted.

Catherine McMullen will be on the November General Election ballot. You can learn more about Catherine’s campaign for County Clerk at:

Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk

Know Where to Return Your Ballot


Contact: Jaime Mathis,, 503-708-3249

This press release can be viewed in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian.

West Linn, OR.– Your ballot must be mailed and postmarked or returned to an Official Ballot Drop Site by May 17 before 8pm. As an Oregon voter you can return your ballot to any Official Ballot Drop Site in the state. To find your nearest drop site, visit the Secretary of State’s lookup tool and enter your residence address at:

If you need help with your ballot it is not too late. County Clerk offices are required to be open each Election Day from 7AM – 8PM to assist voters. The elections office in Clackamas County is located at 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City. 

Make a plan for how you will vote. Will you mail your ballot or drop it off? Have you located your official drop site? Do you have the address or contact information for your closest clerk’s office if you make a mistake on your ballot or run into trouble? Do you know where to go to check that your ballot has been received? You can do that at the Oregon Secretary of State’s website:

As an experienced and certified elections administrator, Catherine McMullen is running to be Clackamas County’s next Clerk and head elections official. McMullen is responsible for creating and implementing an award winning voter education and outreach program for Oregon voters and wants to ensure they know just what to do to have their voices heard. “I take voting and elections administration very seriously. Without clear communication and accurate information, voters cannot exercise the fullness of their rights as citizens. When I take office, I pledge to make our elections processes precise, transparent, and accountable.”

The current clerk has a decades-long track record of misinforming voters, making costly ballot errors that result in re-prints, and hiring elections workers who have tampered with ballots. Most recently, Clerk Hall announced that up to two thirds of Clackamas County’s ballots had been misprinted with blurry barcodes, a scenario requiring hand duplication and thousands of dollars in additional labor costs to meet the challenge. 

McMullen says a change is needed. “The current clerk has had plenty of time to become competent in the position and has failed to do so. It’s time for her to step aside so our elections can be accurate and secure for all voters.”

You can find out more about McMullen’s campaign at: The County Clerk contest will be on the November General Election ballot.

Official Ballot Drop Sites in Clackamas County


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:

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

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:

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!