State provides updates on a Clackamas Co. ballot problems

SOUTHERN OREGON, —Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan providing an update on the election issues in Clackamas County. This comes after voters were issued faulty ballots.

The Clackamas County Clerk says bar codes on the ballots were either too light or blurry, so election machines rejected them. Now, two-person, bi-partisan teams of volunteers are duplicating the faulty ballots to make them count.

They’re teaming up with election workers to process the ballots by hand. Tuesday Fagan said her team has offered resources to help Clackamas County.

Fagan shared that she had a summit with the county clerk to encourage them to provide a written plan with benchmarks, to know they are on track to produce the results. She says the first day of fully staffed ballot duplication efforts was yesterday.

They expect to have a completion date by today and will continue to monitor the situation.

“We are evaluating all options to navigate towards our north star which is accurate election votes from Clackamas county by June 13th and what the voters of Clackamas county deserve is accuracy and certainty,” said Fagan.

Fagan says she wants the largest takeaway to be her assurance that every vote will be counted and every voice will be heard.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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