Be Aware of Election Misinformation

You have just a few days left to turn in your ballot for the November 6 election. Initial results will be posted on results.oregonvotes.gov starting at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of misinformation about this election, and likely more the closer we get to Tuesday. Some voters have been contacted by non-official entities telling them, incorrectly, that they are not registered to vote or that their voter registration is inactive. There have been incorrect statements and stories that it is too late to secure our elections and that our election system is easily hackable. Those stories are not true.

Well-intentioned individuals and groups are setting up websites and blogs with old and outdated information about voter registration and drop boxes, while others may be trying to prevent you from voting by intentionally providing false and misleading information. During every election cycle, people incorrectly post that one party votes on Tuesday and another party votes on Wednesday. Don’t fall for this misinformation.

Other information you may see or hear is from other states. For example, some ballots in California will require two stamps. All ballots in Oregon require only one stamp. You can also vote without a stamp by returning your ballot to an official drop box. In some other states with different election systems, they reject ballots when signatures do not match. In Oregon, if your signature does not match, you are notified and given an opportunity to correct it.

It is hard to navigate what is true and what is not during this election season, so do not believe everything you hear or see. If you have a question or concern, contact the Clackamas County Elections office for official and accurate information. Go to oregonvotes.gov or www.clackamas.us/elections for information on this election.

At oregonvotes.gov, you can:

1) check your voter record,

2) track your ballot,

3) find an official drop box,

4) access the Voters’ Pamphlet online,

5) check election results, and

6) find other relevant information.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office will be publishing election news via the Oregon Elections YouTube channel every day between now and Election Day.

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