August 14, 2022 – Catherine speaks with Ken Boddie – Eye on NW Politics with Ken Boddie (KOIN 6): Working toward a better elections process in Clackamas County –Published by KOIN news
August 11 – Clackamas County clerk blames multiple election mistakes on outside businesses – Published in OPB Nsws
About three months after an election snafu misprinted more than half of Clackamas County primary ballots, diverted hundreds of county employees from their normal jobs, and cost taxpayers $600,000, Clerk Sherry Hall addressed the county Board of Commissioners on Wednesday with her summary of what went wrong.
“It’s humans,” Hall said. “Things happen.”
Hall told the board that “everything with this election was done correctly and on time” — even though, in May, Hall said her office didn’t act urgently enough when it became clear that tabulator machines weren’t processing many returned ballots. Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan also criticized Hall for an apparent lack of urgency.
Then this month, Hall’s office again came under fire after thousands of voters in Oregon City, who were set to vote on their next mayor, didn’t receive voters pamphlets along with their ballots. After officials noticed the problem, they mailed letters notifying voters of the mistake to 3,800 households. The number of individual voters who were impacted by the mistake was likely greater than that.
In both instances, Hall blamed the third-party businesses handling the county’s ballot printing and mailing.
“Things happen,” Hall said. “We try to correct it, but we don’t control everybody’s work ethic or the way they do their job.”
August 5, 2022 – Catherine appears as a guest on Straight Talk with Laural Porter – Clackamas County clerk who oversaw May primary ballot counting fiasco makes her pitch for reelection to a sixth term –Published in KGW8 news
Read about Catherine’s appearance on KGW8 Straight Talk with Laural Porter. Catherine and her opponent in the race for Clackamas County Clerk both appeared as guests on Straight Talk, allowing voters to compare and contrast their different approaches to the County Clerk Office.
Her opponent, Sherry Hall, was defensive after multiple costly errors and a disastrous performance as County Clerk in the most recent elections. Under her oversight these County Clerk problems have continued even into the recent special election in Oregon City. Hall also reaffirmed her opposition to same-sex marriage and her continuing refusal to fulfill the County Clerk’s role in performing civil weddings. Catherine confirmed she will restart officiating marriages, including same-sex ceremonies, when she is elected.
August 5, 2022 – Voters’ Pamphlet error follows other mistakes that occurred under Sherry Hall’s watch – Clackamas County clerk’s office embroiled in another election inconsistency –Published in Pamplin Media by Raymond Rendleman
“Thousands of voters in Oregon City received their mayoral election ballots this week with an error in the Voters’ Pamphlet for a different election being held for Oak Lodge Water Services District residents who live across the Clackamas River and several miles to the north.”
June 1, 2022 – Unions support Catherine for Clerk – Cure for Clackamas County ballot box blunders: Vote out the county clerk – Published in the Northwest Labor Press by Colin Staub
After repeated prodding from Fagan’s office and other officials, Hall’s office published an election response plan on May 24. It indicates Clackamas County is providing county workers to help with the vote count. As of May 30, the clerk’s office had tallied about 111,000 of the 116,000 ballots. It has until June 13 to certify the election under state law.
McMullen says the public workers are the heroes of the county’s ballot counting efforts.
“There are hundreds of union members, county employees, who are stepping away from their current important work to respond to this emergency,” she said.
McMullen is endorsed by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, Oregon AFSCME, AFSCME Local 350 (representing Clackamas County employees), AFT-Oregon, IBEW Local 48, PCCFFAP Local 2277 and UFCW Local 555.
June 1, 2022 – Canby Current by Tyler Francke Two Weeks Later, Initial Ballot Count Nearly Complete in Clackamas County
McMullen, says the time has come for the county’s electorate to make a change.
“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,” McMullen said in a statement last week. “Or even after discovering the error, [if she] 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.”
McMullen praised the work of other county officials and the hundreds of workers from Clackamas and other counties, as well as Fagan’s office, who have come forward help clean up the election mess.
“We can and will rise from this preventable situation by standing together as voters and citizens,” McMullen said, “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.”
May 26, 2022 – Pamplin Media Group supports Catherine –Pamplin Media Editorial Board “It’s time to restore trust in Clackamas County elections” – Published in the Clackamas Review
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.
The clerk’s office is supposed to be nonpartisan, but Hall’s objectivity has legitimately been called into question. A registered Republican, Hall’s election errors have seemed to benefit members of her own party. In addition to her staffer filling out ballots for Republicans, her office produced a ballot listing the “Democrat Party” — a term that some of the Democratic Party’s opponents have adopted as a slur.
Hall has gone out of her way to make her partisan feelings known through her social media pages and her refusal to carry out same-sex marriages. Her latest fiasco over misprinting ballot barcodes is disproportionally affecting Democratic ballots.
May 26, 2022 – Clackamas debacle isn’t election system’s fault – Mail Tribune
May 20, 2022 – Rep. Janelle Bynum urges probe of Clackamas County ballot blunder – Published in the Clackamas Review
“Bynum, who chairs the Oregon House Judiciary Committee, released a statement calling out County Clerk Sherry Hall for her “inaction” once alerted of the misprint two weeks prior to the election, initially choosing not to accept assistance offered by county leaders.
“Despite having time to prepare for an election-day disaster, Ms. Hall has repeatedly failed to adapt and accept enough help to remedy the current crisis,” Bynum said. “When voters cast their ballots, they deserve efficient, transparent and integrity-driven processes to determine who wins those elections.”
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.
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.
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 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? )
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!