Tag Archives: Elections

Our view | Oregon, where voting is easy

Unlike much of the U.S., last month’s mid-term election was ho-hum in Oregon — as in, few election snafus. The state Elections Division certified Oregon’s results last week, while races in some states remained undecided amid recounts, court challenges and allegations of fraud. From California to North Carolina, questions have been raised about the security […]
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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley Appears to Concede He Can’t Run for President and Senator on the Same Ballot in 2020

Merkley tweeted out a response to a WW story, saying he’s “completely fine” with no change in the law. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) appears to be giving up on a running simultaneously for president and senator in 2020. Oregon law prohibits being on the ballot for more than one elected position in any given […]
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Kate Brown’s win opens up Oregon’s 2022 governor’s race

It’s been just three weeks since Gov. Kate Brown won re-election, but already potential candidates to succeed her are laying groundwork for possible bids. With Brown unable to run again in 2022, the Democratic field is wide open for the first time since 2010. Source: Kate Brown’s win opens up Oregon’s 2022 governor’s race | […]
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Can You Run for Congress and President? Depends Where

Politicians being considered for president in 2020 face diverging state laws on current positions. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed a law this month clarifying that a candidate for one of the state’s U.S. Senate or House seats can also run in presidential primaries. Locals nicknamed it Cory’s Law, a cheeky acknowledgment that […]
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America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

County officials in Maryland miscalculated how many ballots they would need on Election Day — and quickly ran out in more than a dozen precincts. In New York City, voters were given a two-sheet ballot that jammed machines and caused delays and long lines. And in Georgia, some voters failed to provide details like a […]
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Editorial: Say no to Sen. Merkley

Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is doing more than toying with the idea of running for president in 2020. He’s formed a bunch of political action committees, hired staff in New Hampshire and Iowa, and appeared on TV news shows … all the stuff a would-be presidential candidate might be expected to do. There’s just […]
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More states should follow Washington and vote by mail

  With last week’s midterm election, Washington, Oregon and Colorado once again demonstrated the value of universally mailed ballots. For Washingtonians who voted by mail, seeing video of people waiting hours to vote last week in Georgia was excruciating. It was like watching someone use a dial-up modem in the age of broadband. Other states should consider […]
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Editorial: Mailed ballots could reduce election woes

Despite what you might have gathered from certain political leaders (why, hello, President Donald Trump!), the 2018 midterm elections proceeded without evidence of widespread voter fraud. That’s good news. But this month’s elections again highlighted the pressure points where our electoral system is struggling — and remains potentially susceptible to manipulation from enemies of democracy. That’s […]
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How a badly designed ballot might have swayed the election in Florida

State Library Ed. Note:  Including this story since it describes the importance of well designed ballot. In Broward County, thousands of ballots didn’t include a vote for senator. That may have been because of how the ballot looked. In the run-up to an election, it’s all about getting access to the ballot. Who will turn […]
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Cybersecurity officials start focusing on the 2020 elections

An unprecedented federal and state collaboration to defend election systems against Russian interference ended with no obvious voting system compromises, although it’s not entirely clear why. Federal officials are wondering whether foreign agents are saving their ammunition for the 2020 presidential showdown or planning a late-stage misinformation campaign to claim Tuesday’s election had been tainted. […]
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