Oregon

House Primary Results Postponed Due To Serious Ballot Issues

Severe issues with ballot counting has actually postponed the election results in Oregon’s third-largest congressional district. Barcodes on a variety of ballots in Clackamas County– which includes part of the Oregon Fifth and Sixth Congressional Districts– were too blurred to be checked out by vote-counting machines. Survey employees needed to disperse brand-new tallies so the outcomes could be tallied.

Seven-term incumbent Representative Kurt Schrader is aiming to hang on to his seat in the state’s Fifth Congressional District. The Democrat lagged behind his opposition, lawyer Jamie McLeod-Skinner, since election night.

Lori Chavez-Deremer, the previous mayor of Happy Valley, was the task winner of the district’s Republican primary.

“The district, which once stretched to the Pacific Coast, now reaches east to include Bend, where Schrader has less name recognition,” reports AP News. “President Joe Biden recently endorsed Schrader, a veterinarian and former state lawmaker, but he has alienated progressive members of his party over the course of his last term.”

In the Sixth District, incumbent Democratic Representative Andrea Salinas beat Carrick Flynn, who had actually been backed by crypto-billionaire and fellow effective altruist Sam Bankman-Fried. Business Owner Mike Erickson of Lake Oswego was considered the most likely winner of the district’s Republican primary.

In addition to the barcode concerns, two-thirds of the ballots utilized in Clackamas County needed to be counted by hand after a printing mistake left ballots faulty.

The County Clerk, Sherry Hall, stated the concerns would not prevent the county from announcing initial outcomes around 8 P.M.– a due date that was eventually missed out on, according to Oregon Live.

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan called the county’s hold-ups “unacceptable” in a statement released late on the night of May 17.

“As Oregon’s chief election officer – and a Clackamas County voter — I am deeply concerned about the delay in reporting from Clackamas County Elections tonight,” Fagan said. “While I am confident that the process they are following is secure, transparent and the results will be accurate, the county’s reporting delays tonight are unacceptable. Voters have done their jobs, and now it’s time for Clackamas County Elections to do theirs.”

Since the morning after the election, The Register-Guard has actually called the outcomes for Congressional District 1, District 2 (which had no Republican oppositions), District 3, and District 4.

Tina Kotek won the state’s Democratic gubernatorial main and will more than likely face-off against Republican Christine Drazen, who protected 23% of the vote with 90% counted.

Democrat Ron Wyden was the forecasted winner of the Senate main. The Republican race had actually not been called as of May 18 with Jo Rae Perkins directly leading Darin Harbick.

H/T Timcast

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