Tag Archives: Elections

Editorial: Don’t give the vote to 16-year-olds

Oregonians, like other Americans, can vote when they turn 18. That may change, however, if a handful of state lawmakers have their way. They believe 16-year-olds should be given the vote, and they’ve introduced legislation that would put the question before the people of Oregon. State Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Clackamas, told reporters this week that […]
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Editorial: Redistricting suggestion offers good start

Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, and Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, have teamed up to create a plan that would change the way the state redraws its electoral boundaries every 10 years. Senate Joint Resolution 11 would create an independent redistricting commission. It isn’t perfect, but with tinkering it could be a dramatic improvement to what happens now. […]
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Time to limit campaign contributions

State Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, has some help in his quest to reform campaign finance in Oregon, but whether it will be enough to sway his fellow lawmakers remains to be seen. Whether Gov. Kate Brown follows through on her pledge to support reform efforts remains an open question as well. Source: Time to limit […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: State officials want election security cash. But some don’t like the strings attached.

House Democrats are pushing a slew of voting mandates in H.R. 1. State election officials want the latest round of election security money included in a major bill proposed by House Democrats – but they’re divided on whether they want to accept a slew of voting mandates that come along with it. The divide is largely […]
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Opinion: Oregon is on the cutting edge of secure, modern elections

Oregonians are known for their pioneering spirit. We are trail blazers who are always exploring new frontiers. We are never satisfied with the status quo, and that is why Oregon is leading efforts to modernize and improve elections. Source: Opinion: Oregon is on the cutting edge of secure, modern elections | oregonlive.com

Guest column: In Oregon, it’s government by and for unions

For more than 30 years in Oregon, the governor’s seat has been filed with somebody with (D) next to their name. But that isn’t enough to secure you the top job in the state. You also have to suck up to the state’s public-sector unions. Source: Guest column: In Oregon, it’s government by and for […]
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Idaho plans to hire a cybersecurity specialist for elections

The new position would be responsible for monitoring threats against the state’s voter registration database and coordinating with county-level officials. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said last week he would like to hire a cybersecurity specialist for his office to lead the state’s efforts to repel attempts to hack its election infrastructure. The new […]
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The urban-rural divide in Oregon has grown and become more pronounced

In 1966 in Multnomah County, 59 percent of voters were registered Democrats. In the Eastern Oregon region, 56 percent were registered Democrats. Each region of the state was at least 50 percent Democrat. But, Republican Tom McCall handily won the 1966 gubernatorial election with more than 55 percent of the vote, losing only three counties. […]
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Most counties passed 2nd Amendment Protection Ordinances

Q: We know that the gun measure proposed by Patriotic Revolution failed in Jackson County. Other Oregon counties had similar measures on their ballots. How did they hold up? A: Ten Oregon counties placed the same type of measure, often called a Second Amendment Protection Ordinance, on their November ballots, Jennifer. Only voters in Jackson […]
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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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