On Wednesday, County Clerk Sherry Hall, who was accused of incompetence and worse in her years on the job, reported that a temporary worker had tampered with ballots in favor of Republican candidates. The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating. But that's not good enough in the eyes of residents who now are calling for the recall of Hall. Some of them began a protest this morning at the Clackamas County Elections Office.
The Oregon secretary of state on Sunday sent the state's deputy director of elections to assist Hall to get it right this time.
The commissioners' meeting was requested by Chairwoman Charlotte Lehan, a Democrat in a close race to keep her seat. She is seeking more details about the tampering, including how many ballots were involved and what will happen to them. She also wants to know if the temporary employee has worked in previous elections.
Tampering with ballots is a Class C felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $125,000 fine.
• Pennsylvania citizen advocates protest over alleged targeting of black voters: Seven civil rights and other progressive organizations have jointly signed a letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez accusing the Pennsylvania Republican Party and Pittsburgh Tea Party of specifically targeting Pittsburgh precincts with large black populations "under the guise of combating alleged voter fraud."
SEIU Associate General Counsel Nicole Berner said in a statement: “We have seen their list and it strongly suggests that the Pennsylvania Republican Party is coordinating with the Pittsburgh Tea Party to target African American voters for intimidation at
the polls. The Pennsylvania Republican Party has serious questions to answer about where they are putting their poll watchers and why.” The letter to Perez states:
A comparison of the 59 Republican Party targeted precincts to the other precincts in Allegheny County reveals that the targeted precincts disproportionately contain African-American voters. Specifically, the targeted precincts are over 79% African-American. By contrast, the nontargeted precincts contain, on average, less than 11% African-American registered voters.• Arizona's Jeff Flake robocalling wrong polling stations for Democrats: The local NBC affiliate reports that at least six registered Democrats received robocalls from 6th District Rep. Jeff Flake's Senate campaign operation that listed the wrong polling locations for them. A map broadcast with the report showed that the actual polling stations were miles away.
Moreover, although the targeted precincts include only 3% of the total number of voters in Allegheny County, they contain 18.5% of the registered African American voters.
The Flake campaign told reporter Brahm Resnik that it was only making robocalls to registered Republican households. But Resnik reported none of the six Democrats live in households with registered Republicans.
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