HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Voting: Why you can trust the count

Written November 1st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Among the questions that keep coming up: Could a hacker manipulate and falsify the digital vote count in our elections? The short answer, at least in Linn County, is no.


Voters’ Pamphlet: We’re in trouble

Written April 20th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As if to spoil a perfectly fine and pleasantly warm spring day, the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet arrived on Tuesday, a reminder of the dismal state of our long-running experiment with self-government.


All those awful hurdles to voting!

Written February 16th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Voting in Oregon is such a horrible burden. You get a ballot in the mail and they actually expect you to return it so it can be counted. What an imposition! The legislature is considering a bill to make it less of a chore, but even with this change voting will still require some work.


Ballot fraud just about impossible

Written October 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Colorado has adopted vote-by-mail balloting of the kind pioneered in Oregon. Now a video circulating online intends to raise suspicions of voter fraud in Colorado and, by implication, other states where voting is done mostly by mail. But all the video shows is that some left-leaning activists in Colorado were dumb, naive or crooked enough […]


Measure 92: Lots of airy assertions

Written September 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There ought to be a law against ballot initiatives involving scientific fields — such a genetic engineering — which only one in a thousand voters knows anything about. Oregon Measure 92 is one such proposal, and on Nov. 4 it will have been decided  based on emotion alone. That can’t be a good thing.


Voting delays? An easy fix!

Written February 15th, 2013 by

President Obama says he’s concerned that some citizens had to wait a long time to vote in the last election. If that’s a problem anywhere, it’s a local problem that can easily be solved without the federal government getting involved, isn’t it? During the State of the Union address, Obama cited the case of an […]


 
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