A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Deprived of a chance to vote? Not so fast

Written October 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Facebook last week reverberated with a complaint from a Lebanon mother that a particular set of circumstances resulted in her son being deprived of a chance to vote. I looked into it, and the upshot is that he can vote after all if he wants.

Ballot secrecy envelopes scrapped

Written May 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Something happened to the concept of the secret ballot. It is no longer guaranteed. “Really?” you ask? Well, that’s the way it looked to me when I got my Benton County ballot for the May 17 primary.

House wants more ‘voters’

Written June 26th, 2013 by

Over the objections of 28 members, mostly Republicans, the Oregon House has passed a curious bill that aims to get every citizen in the state registered as a voter whether they want to be or not. It would work this way. The DMV has a record of every citizen with a driver’s license. Under HB 3521, if […]

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