HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

D’s, R’s and Nons: The local numbers

Written October 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In case it matters, and maybe it does in local politics, Democrats have a slight edge in Albany registrations over Republicans. But both major parties are running behind the number of Albany voters signed up as nonaffiliated.


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.


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.


Voting — or not

Written March 11th, 2013 by

I don’t know why we are always urging people to vote no matter what. If an election is in the offing, it is customary for civic-minded voices in public to say things like: “Regardless of which way you decide, be sure to vote.” And yes, there’s great value attached to the act of voting itself, […]

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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 […]


The Clackamas ballot affair

Written November 6th, 2012 by

Voting by mail had nothing to do with the Clackamas County elections scandal. But state and county officials could have done a far better job of handling this affair. The main thing is, they should have pressed their investigation in order to get to the bottom of it well before the last day to cast […]

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