Tag Archives: Elections

First day to file to run for state office moves slowly

Four minutes after midnight, Medford City Council member Kevin Stine, a Democrat, electronically submitted his candidacy for the 3rd District seat in the Oregon State Senate, becoming the first of a flood of men and women to officially get their ticket stamped to run for state office in 2018. Before the flood, however, comes the […]
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Elections and the Challenges of Technology

Our voting systems are a difficult marriage between ancient and modern tools. Keeping the proper balance is tricky but crucial. Elections are arguably the most important administrative processes underlying our democracy. So when it comes to running America’s elections with efficacy and integrity, when are business processes and technologies that are two millennia old the […]
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For First Time, Millennials And Gen X Were A Majority Of Electorate In 2016

The youngest two generations of voters finally outstripped the number of older voters in 2016 — a sign of how politicians will have to grapple with winning over a fast-changing electorate. Political strategists, take note: for the first time, Millennials and Gen-Xers outvoted their elders in 2016, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Fully […]
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How Oregon Increased Voter Turnout More Than Any Other State

New evidence shows how automatic voter registration not only increased voter participation, but voter diversity. Source: How Oregon Increased Voter Turnout More Than Any Other State | The Nation

Editorial: Commission on voting is a sham

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Editorial Integrity held its first official meeting last week, so this is a good time to remind you about what appears to be the commission’s true agenda. First, a reminder about the commission: This is the group installed in the wake of unproven claims from President Donald Trump that millions […]
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Lawmakers say ‘experience and knowledge’ should outweigh term limits

State Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, and Senate Republican Leader Ted, District 30, Ferrioli said the best term limits are set by the voters and imposed limits would give undue influence to department heads, lobbyists and others who work full-time in state government. Source: Lawmakers say ‘experience and knowledge’ should outweigh term limits | Local News […]
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Our view: Elections are term limits

Oregon voters may have the opportunity to place term limits on Oregon legislators when they vote in 2018. The proposal by former Republican candidate for governor Bud Pierce would prohibit state legislators from serving for more than eight years in a 12-year period. If voters give it the go-ahead, it would immediately prohibit 25 members […]
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18,000 voters registered as ‘other’ run gamut

The irreverent ‘other’ voters often represent a ‘classic way to protest,’ one expert says. It takes all kinds: Democrat, Republican, Frisbiterian. About 18,000 of the approximately 2.55 million registered voters in Oregon choose “other” as their party affiliation when they register to vote. Source: Pamplin Media Group – 18,000 voters registered as ‘other’ run gamut

Oregon’s voting system is model for the nation

How perilous is America’s patchwork of voting systems? Concerns come from every point along the political spectrum, as America gets unnerved about its democratic machinery. We may be the forgotten hero here. Oregon, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Source: Oregon’s voting system is model for the nation | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon

State Election Officials Fear Feds Are Making Security Worse

Secretaries of state are concerned about not just the federal government’s request for voter information but also the information they’re not getting about election security breaches. Communication is a two-way street. And right now, state election officials aren’t happy with the way information is flowing in or out of Washington. They’re frustrated about the information […]
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