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Clackamas County shares its unusual schedule for updating election results

By OPB staff (OPB)
Nov. 8, 2022 8:27 p.m. Updated: Nov. 8, 2022 8:56 p.m.
Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall, shown here in this May 19, 2022 file photo, came under scrutiny after the primary election when misprinted ballots led to a long delay in tabulating the county's results.

Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall, shown here in this May 19, 2022 file photo, came under scrutiny after the primary election when misprinted ballots led to a long delay in tabulating the county's results.

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UPDATE: After this story published, Clackamas County released a new schedule, noting that results will now be released at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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A few months after a misprinted ballot led to long delays in tabulating primary election results in Clackamas County, the county’s elections office is creating another delay for voters anxious to see the results in this year’s general election.

There will be a 22-hour gap between the county’s initial count and its first update, according to a plan submitted this week to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office along with other schedules submitted by Oregon’s other 35 counties.

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The unusually long gap in the schedule was approved by Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall, who came under fire in May when a printing issue impacted 300,000 voters and caused a delay in reporting election results.

Hall is also on the ballot for this election.

The first set of results will be posted Tuesday at 8:10 pm, and then there won’t be any updates until Wednesday at 6 pm.

The Secretary of State’s office said the schedule doesn’t break any rules, but most counties will be providing several updates throughout the night and Wednesday morning. Multnomah County, the state’s most populous, plans several updates on election night.

Official results won’t be certified until December 5th.


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