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Secretary Brown Statement on the Status of Clackamas County Ballot Fraud Investigation

Salem, Ore – Secretary of State Kate Brown today issued the statement below to provide an update of the investigation in Clackamas County and to correct information that reportedly was shared at yesterday’s emergency commission meeting in Clackamas County.

“To date, Clackamas County, under supervision of my elections monitors, has identified six ballots that were potentially altered by the accused temporary county elections employee.   The total number of ballots potentially affected is still under investigation by the Department of Justice.

“For all potentially altered ballots, Clackamas County elections officials will determine whether or not the original voter intent can be established.  If the original voter intent can be established, the ballot will be counted to reflect what the original voter marked.

“Voter intent will be determined by Clackamas County officials, but will be overseen by my two elections monitors, Brenda Bayes and Fred Neal who bring a combined 30 years of election experience.

“This is different information than was reported in the media yesterday.  Media reported that Clackamas County officials shared that all potentially altered ballots would not be counted.  This was inaccurate.”

Tony Green
Written by Tony Green

Tony is the principal media contact for the Secretary of State's office. He joined the office in January, 2013. Previously, he worked in the Chief Operating Officer's office and the Department of Justice. For nearly 22 years, he worked as a reporter for The Oregonian covering legal issues, politics and crime.