Did you know you can observe the elections process right here in SouthEast Portland? According to mainstream media reports yesterday the Democrats have charged "that Republicans are out to suppress turnout in Oregon, pointing to a nine-page GOP instruction manual that calls on volunteers to show up at ballot drop-off sites at 7:45 p.m. on election night, 15 minutes before the voting deadline, armed with video cameras and cell phones." There could be Republican Election Observers right here is SE Portland at this very minute working to get ballots rejected.|
Just show up 1040 SE Morrison St. and tell them you would like to observe the election process.
Repubicans Election Observers in Oregon will use a very strict interpretation of Oregon Election Laws to get as many ballots in Multnomah County Rejected as possible (and thus increase Bush's chances of winning Oregon). They know Multnomah county with it's high population and strong Democratic leaning could cost them Oregon.
They will be down at the Elections Office every day to challenge ballots under ORS 253.700 or 254.415 and making sure elections staff and volunteers strictly follow Oregon election laws. I'm not saying that following the law is a bad thing, just saying that if they are there we should be there too.
Some reasons they can get your ballot tossed out include (from the Vote-By-Mail Manual):
If the signed return identification ballot envelope is unsealed:
2. The secrecy envelope unsealed: Reject the ballot;
3. No secrecy envelope is returned: Reject the ballot.
If there is more than one secrecy envelope, or there is more than one ballot not in a secrecy envelope
Reject all contents.
Return Identification Ballot Envelopes from Previous Elections
If the voter returns a return identification ballot envelope during a scheduled
election cycle for a previous election date:
? Do not open envelope;
? Place the ballot with the rejected ballots;
? Do not process the ballot for the current election; and
? Do not count.
Process a ballot on which a voter has written a change of address on the return envelope as a challenged ballot.
If the signature on the ballot does not match the voter registration card and it appears that another individual has signed a different name on the ballot:
? Consider the ballot "spoiled" or "unacceptable."
Ballots shall be rejected if a write-in is voted using a rubber stamp, sticker or another marking device, except writing, which bears the name of a person and is used to vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot.
Determining Voter Intent
If the inspection board agrees on the voter's intent, the ballot should be enhanced or duplicated in the manner reflecting the voter's intent and the enhanced or duplicate ballot counted. If the inspection board does not agree on the voter's intent, the ballot should not be duplicated but processed as is.
Corrections on the ballot with liquid "white-out" by the voter generally will be thrown out by the optical scanner and cannot be read correctly
Link to Report Voter Fraud in Oregon (NEW):
Official Vote-By-Mail Manual: