Tag Archives: Elections

Anti-Tax Fervor Closed Their Libraries. Now Residents Are Trying to Go It Alone.

All the county libraries closed in this wooded corner of Oregon when the money ran out. But believers in the power of books rejected that fate, and in town after town they jumped back into the book-lending business on their own. Or tried to.

Oregon Supreme Court

The terms of three Oregon Supreme Court justices will expire in January 2019. These justices must stand for election by voters in 2018 in order to remain on the bench. Judges in Oregon participate in nonpartisan elections in even-numbered years. All judicial races require a primary election except those to fill a midterm vacancy for […]
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Ballot mailing change saves counties money;

The cost of conducting vote-by-mail elections in Union and Wallowa counties is dropping significantly. The reason: the Union and Wallowa county clerk’s offices have switched to a private mailing service to prepare and send ballots to voters for the Nov. 6 election. Source: Ballot mailing change saves counties money;

Wisconsin expands use of post-election audits

Following recommendations from election-security experts and the national academies, the state will review 5 percent of all ballots cast in elections, beginning in November. Wisconsin officials were praised Friday by election-security advocates for expanding the state’s use of post-election audits. The Wisconsin Elections Commission announced that it voted unanimously Tuesday to require audits in 5 percent of […]
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Congress falls flat on election security as midterms near

Congress has failed to pass any legislation to secure U.S. voting systems in the two years since Russia interfered in the 2016 election, a troubling setback with the midterms less than six weeks away. Lawmakers have repeatedly demanded agencies step up their efforts to prevent election meddling but in the end struggled to act themselves, […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: Keep calm and trust the feds on Election Day, national security officials tell states

The midterms will be a critical test for how much federal and state relationships have improved. With midterm races in the home stretch and the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, a pair of top national security officials have a message for state election administrators: Trust us when we warn you about cyberthreats. William Evanina, director of […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: A new poll shows voter views on election security largely line up with experts’ positions

It’s an encouraging snapshot ahead of the midterms. Election officials and security experts have been working overtime to raise awareness about threats to U.S. election systems ahead of the midterms — and a new poll suggests that some of their efforts may be paying off. An NPR-Marist poll released Monday shows voters think it’s more likely […]
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Oregonians need to register to vote, or update their records by Oct. 16

Midterm elections typically attract an anemic voter turnout. The number to beat come Nov. 6, is 70.9 percent. That’s the number of registered voters who actually voted in the last midterm generation election in 2014 Source: Oregonians need to register to vote, or update their records by Oct. 16

Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns Face Nearly $24,000 In Fines For Late Finance Reporting 

State elections officials are considering penalties of nearly $24,000 against campaigns opposing two anti-tax ballot measures this fall, finding the campaigns failed to report financial transactions on time. Source: Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns Face Nearly $24,000 In Fines For Late Finance Reporting . News | OPB

The Crisis of Election Security

It was mid-July 2016 when Neil Jenkins learned that someone had hacked the Illinois Board of Elections. Jenkins was a director in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, the domestic agency with a congressional mandate to protect “critical infrastructure.” Although election systems were not yet formally designated as such […]
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