Why is the County Clerk important?
The Clackamas County Clerk is an elected nonpartisan office and has a critical role in protecting democracy and making local government accessible. The County Clerk is the link between the citizen and their local government, through voting, civic involvement, and access to public records.
- The County Clerk administers and conducts all local, state, and federal elections for Clackamas County residents. She is responsible for maintaining the voter registration record, and working with all candidates, jurisdictions, and citizens to understand and follow election processes and law. She is charged with ensuring every eligible voter has the information they need to register to vote, and then to VOTE!
- The County Clerk is a keeper of the public record, recording important documents around real property transactions and taxes. She enables transparency and citizen access to government through responding to public information requests and providing accessible public examination of records.
- The County Clerk processes passport applications and issues marriage licenses. The Clerk may also officiate weddings.
What issues will Catherine address?
- Equitable and Fair Access to the Ballot. Catherine will prioritize voter education and voter participation for all eligible voters in Clackamas County. She will increase voter participation in local elections by focusing targeted resources on historically ignored voters; including young voters; voters with disabilities; Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other voters of color; voters in rural communities; voters registered through the state automatic voter registration process; and voters facing housing insecurity or economic uncertainty.
- Safe, Secure, and Transparent Election Administration. Catherine will ensure an equal preparation and processing of each ballot ensuring that every vote is counted accurately and that everyone may have a voice. Catherine McMullen will address ballot chain of custody concerns adding long-needed levels of security and transparency to elections administration in Clackamas County.
In 2017, Elections Infrastructure was designated as part of our nation’s critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As your County Clerk, Catherine will put into place key recommendations of the Election Infrastructure – ISAC to ensure Clackamas County voters can trust in the accuracy and security of their local election systems.
In addition Catherine McMullen will increase transparency for voters, candidates, and jurisdictions alike with clear technology-based solutions. She will offer voters an opt-in ballot tracking service, so you can know when your ballot has been mailed to you and then when it has been accepted and counted. You will know that your vote has been counted.
Catherine will also improve Election Night results reporting for local, state, and federal elections ensuring that the most up-to-date results are reported out on a regular schedule after 8 p.m. on Election Day. Election results will be accurate, clear, and easily accessible to voters, candidates, and the media for each and every contest.
- Empower Diverse Voices in Local Decision-Making. Catherine will work with community leaders and diverse stakeholders to empower and strengthen the many communities that make up the rich diversity found in Clackamas County. She will ensure easy access to public records, put in place sound records management practices, and encourage public participation though voter outreach and candidate resources.
- Officiate Weddings. Catherine McMullen will ensure her office processes passport applications and issues marriage licenses without personal judgement or regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or age. She will prioritize officiating weddings for Clackamas County residents once again, including same sex and queer couples.
What issues are important to you? How will you use your voice? Contact Catherine McMullen for a conversation.