By Peter Toll
Stay-At-Home Voters Avoid Long Voting Lines
Clackamas County residents and other Oregonians are scratching their heads watching televised voters in Wisconsin standing in blocks-long lines to vote. Milwaukee County could muster only five polling places to serve 600,000 registered voters.
Oregonians look to our 20-year history of total vote-by-mail and have to wonder: Why do people put up with such absurd situations around something as important as voting?
How could this occur in Milwaukee? The convoluted answer involves a Republican legislature, a Democratic governor and the chance to elect a GOP member to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Bottom-line impact makes typical civics students just shake their heads in wonder.
Meanwhile, being a stay-at-home in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is giving the term a whole new positive meaning. But that’s another story.
Let’s look at some reports from around our county:
County Commissioner Ken Humberston is doing yeoman’s duty keeping everyone abreast of Clackamas County’s COVID-19 information. To date, the county has more than 100 people that have tested positive, and, we unfortunately already have seen three fatalities here. Ken has been vigilant in emailing official posts once or twice a day, with most posted on his Facebook page.
County Chair Jim Bernard is coordinating frequent in-county virtual briefings and “Learning Sessions” via YouTube. People actually do want to know what’s happening in the face of the pandemic, and we can thank Jim for adapting to the situation and keeping us informed. Check the special section on the Clackamas County website for links to videos and coronavirus updates.
We can be grateful to our legislators, notably Sen. Jeff Merkley, for also providing timely contact information. State Representatives Rachel Prusak, of West Linn, and Courtney Neron, of Wilsonville, are particularly adept and helpful with virus-related contacts and news.
Our Clackamas Democratic Chair, Peter Nordbye, of Brightwood, is conducting monthly Executive Committee meetings on Zoom as face-to-face, close-up and personal gatherings don’t apply right now.
Speaking of Zoom, we’re all still getting used to it. And crazy stuff can occur, as a young Lake Grove couple learned the hard way. The woman was involved in a Zoom business meeting when it was suddenly interrupted by her husband shrieking in the background:Continue reading