May 5, 2022 – Printing error affecting many Clackamas County ballots will require copying votes by hand, raising county costs and delaying election results – Published in the Oregonian – Clackamas County election officials sent ballots with defective barcodes to an unknown number of voters for the May 17 primary, an error that will cost the county extra money and will likely delay election results. County Clerk Sherry Hall announced Wednesday that a printing error had caused the barcodes on many ballots to be blurred, making them unreadable by the county’s ballot processing equipment. Election officials didn’t notice the error before the ballots were sent to voters.
May 5, 2022 – Clackamas County votes will still be counted despite costly error – Published in the Pamplin Media Clackamas Review – Sherry Hall’s office makes another mistake that may cost the tax payers more than $100,000 – Catherine McMullen, a certified elections official who is running against Hall on the November ballot, said the blurry barcodes are just the latest in the “litany of election mistakes” in Hall’s office since her election 20 years ago. Past errors under Hall’s watch have cost more than $100,000 in reprinting fees, and McMullen estimated that the current error would exceed that cost, assuming that two staff get paid minimum wage and at least 10% of the ballots were misprinted. McMullen said that someone from Hall’s office should have been overseeing the ballot printing to ensure accuracy. “These types of mistakes are preventable and erode trust between the citizens and our democratic processes,” McMullen said. “It is crucial to stop these costly errors so our elections can run smoothly, securely and transparently.” VOTE Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk in November.
May 5, 2022 – Clerk Reports Defective Barcodes on Some Clackamas County Primary Ballots; Published in Canby First – “Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith said in a statement Friday that she was “aghast” when she heard about the misprints. “Many questions came through my mind: ‘Is my ballot secure?’ ‘Will my vote count?’ ‘How can I trust government to do what is right?’” she said. “Nothing is more honorable and sacred than the integrity of elections and full trust in the outcome. Regardless of intent or innocence of a mistake, there will be lingering questions about this election and the process used to remedy the situation.”
May 5, 2022 – Blurry ballots near Portland, Oregon, may delay tally – APNews
April 24, 2022 – Clerk Candidate: Closed Party Primaries Could Disenfranchise 121K Clackamas County Voters – OpEd by Catherine McMullen; Published in Canby First – Oregon’s current closed party primary system keeps unaffiliated and minor party voters out of important decision-making in our primary elections. There are now more than 1,022,000 nonaffiliated voters in Oregon — more than the total in either the Democratic or Republican parties in our state. (Read the full article in Canby First or on our Opinion Letters Web Page)
April 18, 2022 – Opinion: Catherine McMullen is ready to be Clackamas County clerk – Published in the Pamplin Media Clackamas Review on April 18, 2022 – Jaime Mathis: Sherry Hall has been doing this job for 20 years and she is not doing it accurately – I have lived in Clackamas County for over 35 years and during this time, Sherry Hall has been the county clerk for almost half of them. The vast majority of the elections I have participated in have been administered by her. I have always been a very engaged voter around issues and public facing candidates, but I took for granted that the actual people who make sure our elections are secure, accurate, accessible and well-run were doing just that…..Sherry Hall has been doing this job for 20 years and she is not doing it accurately. As I researched her career, I began compiling a timeline of newspaper articles and media coverage on her elections-related mistakes and their cost to the taxpayers of Clackamas County. In nearly every election, Sherry Hall has made either an informational error, such as leaving key ballot measures off the ballot, or included false information that has resulted in having to reprint thousands of ballots, which cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Read the full article in Pamplin Media or on our Opinion Letters Web Page)
April 13, 2022 – Decision 2022: Housing stability, voting access are connected – an Op-Ed by Catherine McMullen, published in Pamplin media – 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. Read more about what Catherine will bring to the Clackamas County Clerk Office.
March 9, 2022 – Get Ready to Vote Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk in November. – 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. Vote for Catherine in November. (For more information see: When is Catherine Going to Be on the Ballot? )
March 4, 2022 – Catherine McMullen Stands Out As Ideal Candidate in Race for Clackamas County Clerk – 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.
February 24, 2022 – The Clackamas Review (Pamplin Media) – Catherine McMullen endorsed by Oregon’s first female governor – by Jaelen Ogadhoh – “Catherine McMullen of West Linn has been endorsed in her campaign to be Clackamas County’s next clerk by former Gov. Barbara Roberts, who in 1990 became the first woman to be elected governor in Oregon history. Roberts — who championed equal rights for women, gay people and those with disabilities during her tenures as Secretary of State and a member of the Oregon House — commended McMullen on her voter outreach and education efforts.“
February 14, 2022 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Values Matter in Elected Leadership – Catherine McMullen shares DEI statement with the West Linn Alliance – Thank you to the West Linn Alliance for Inclusion for inviting all candidates for office to share how they will promote diversity, equity, inclusion as an elected official.
September 9, 2021 – Catherine McMullen Files for Clackamas County Clerk – Elections official and voter-focused public servant Catherine McMullen (West Linn) was the first to file for the office of Clackamas County Clerk Thursday morning at the county elections office in Oregon City. McMullen was cheered on by a small group of friends, supporters, and voters.
July 27, 2021 – Catherine McMullen to run for Clackamas County Clerk – In my meetings with voters around our county the last few weeks I’ve gotten feedback that most people haven’t yet read the article from the Pamplin Media Group by Jaelen Ogadhoh dated July 27, 2021 around my campaign. You can read it here: Catherine McMullen to run for Clackamas County Clerk: West Linn resident first to announce candidacy for position responsible for conducting elections and keeping public records. Please then also share it in your networks and on social media. It is a great first article!