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Should Voting Be Life-Endangering in the U.S.?

Do we have to kill people in the process of voting? Is exposing voters to the serious possibility of a deadly pandemic virus enough reason to postpone an election?

That’s what the folks in Wisconsin are wondering. Compelled to proceed and cast ballots April 7, they’re hoping to survive the experience after mingling with other, possibly infected, voters at polling places in their primary election.

They’ve had two weeks to think about it and/or get their affairs in order. That’s the incubation period. Does that make sense? Hardly.

At the same time, after the Wisconsin polls closed, that left people in 23 of the 53 states and protectorates (like Puerto Rico) yet to vote. They represent 80,707,054 of the country’s 331,002,651 people, including Oregonians, Pennsylvanians and New Yorkers who haven’t yet voted.*  

Hold on a minute. Elizabeth Warren withdrew from the presidential race before Wisconsin. And Bernie Sanders dropped out and endorsed the remaining opponent, Joe Biden, a week later.  The big races, the headliners, are over before they even started for one in three voters. Does that make sense? Not to a lot of people, including Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

They want to hold national elections by mail. Oregon and nine other states already do it that way. No polling places. And while they’re at it, they may want to take a look at creating one day—just one—for that election so nobody gets left out, either by calendar or by virus.

If their effort fails, then more and more people will have their lives threatened merely by casting a ballot. But wait! President Trump and his Republican cronies who have constantly striven to hold down voter turnout oppose vote-by-mail. Why? Clearly, more people voting spells pain and problems for Republicans.

Oregon, as it has with the Bottle Bill and Public Beaches, is way ahead of the curve on this one. Twenty years ago we had our first all vote-by-mail election, and we’ve repeated it many, many times. Fraud is very, very low, if it exists at all. Nobody has died in the process.

There is no better time to implement this procedure nation-wide. Yet another adjustment forced by Covid-19. And, in this case, a positive one. 

*Others include Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota, Nebraska, West Virginia, Indiana, Kansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, Alaska, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. and Wyoming.

Read about the national vote-by-mail proposal introduced by Sen Ron Wyden in the Oregonian

AROUND THE COUNTY: Analysts See Clackamas as Crucial to Brown Win
Down Ballot Impact Also Could Be Very Significant

By Peter Toll

Clackamas County is in the thick of it this election as various political analysts agree the governor’s race between Kate Brown and Knute Buehler will be decided here and in Washington County.

An article in the Portland Tribune makes it clear: Multnomah County voters predictably deliver a big number to Kate Brown’s re-election. But the bottom line will come in the two big “swing” counties, those known to go both ways or sometimes lean one way or the other.

Let’s take a quick look at voter registration, which gives Democrats the edge, then we’ll visit the turnout numbers. Continue reading

Voter Turnout Alert!

Ballot DropAs of Sunday, 40.5 percent of Clackamas County Democrats haven’t voted yet. Needless to say, we can’t create the future for Clackamas County that we want — good schools, affordable housing, quality parks, clean air and water — without electing candidates who share our vision. Now is the time to make one more phone call and knock on one more door to get our brother and sister Democrats to drop off their ballots. (It’s too late to mail them.)

If you live in any of the following locations where Democrats are voting at below the County average, please talk to your Democratic neighbors.

Democratic Turn-Out as of Sunday
Happy Valley: 49.1%
Oregon City: 47.6%
Milwaukie: 46.8%
Gladstone: 45.1%
Sandy: 43.8%

Ballot drop locations can be found at here.

Three Biggest Counties Near Bottom in Voter Turnout

oregon-county-mapClackamas County was in the bottom quartile of voter turnout last week, with Washington and Multnomah Counties even worse, according to a state report. Clackamas was 26th worst of Oregon’s 36 counties with a 69 percent turnout, Multnomah had 67 percent, and Washington County was 66.6 percent. State-wide average was 69.53 percent. Not good. Continue reading

Oregon Voter Turnout Demographics

diverse votingDo Oregon counties with the largest percentage of whites have a voter turnout higher than counties with high non-white population? Yes, is the answer according to a political demographic study by James Allen. Where does Clackamas County fit into the state-wide numbers in this area? And which very predominantly white counties seem to be turning more and more Democratic? You’ll find the answers interesting and provocative. Allen’s follow-up recommendations also have merit.