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The Dalles Chronicle
Avoid election misinformation in Oregon’s elections
Steve Trout is director of the
Oregon Elections Division of the
Secretary of State. The Elections
Division oversees state elections,
ensuring that voting reflects the will
of the people.
ELCOME TO 2020! YOU
may be aware we have a
major election coming up
In Oregon, elections happen all
the time. But every four years—with
high-profile posts like the President
of the United States up for grabs—
people collectively turn their atten-
tion to election systems.
The security of these systems
is an important topic and one
that often seems to grab the most
attention. But did you know that
misinformation is actually the big-
gest threat to elections?
That’s why the Elections Division
of the Secretary of State’s Office is
working to provide more frequent
information. Our goal is to educate
voters and combat misinformation
about elections so that Oregon
voters feel confident their vote will
Election misinformation can be
anything from rumors to mislead-
ing photos to more sinister cam-
paigns with the goal of suppressing
Misinformation can influence
your thinking about a political cam-
paign or outright lie to you about
the status of your voter information.
Misinformation can come from
a diverse array of sources — social
media, email lists, text message
chains and even mailers.
With unlimited sources of
information at our disposal, it can
be challenging to find information
that is accurate and trustworthy.
Fortunately, there are some simple
questions you can ask yourself to
help identify misinformation:
— Is there any data or evi-
dence presented to support the
—Does this information seem de-
signed to push my political buttons?
—Is there something about this
information that doesn’t seem right
or too bizarre to be true?
—Who is sharing this
—Does this individual or group
have an agenda?
One particular risk to voters
comes from groups — some
well-intentioned, others not — with
websites offering to register you
to vote or offering other election
The safest website to register
and get official election informa-
tion is that of the Oregon Elections
There, you’ll find official infor-
mation about all Oregon elections,
as well as answers to most elec-
tion-related questions. You can
register to vote, check your regis-
tration status, check or change your
political party, find an official ballot
dropbox, track your ballot, see who
is running for office and see who is
giving them money.
You can also learn about election
processes, see elections laws, and
We’re proud that Oregonians
have confidence in our voting sys-
tem. In 2019, we conducted a poll
that found Oregonians overwhelm-
ingly have a positive experience
with our vote-by-mail system. Only
three percent said they had prob-
lems marking or completing their
ballots and only four percent had
problems receiving their ballot.
You, the informed voter, are
the best defense we have against
attacks on our democracy. Don’t
be fooled by misinformation. Know
the official source — OregonVotes.
gov — and remember that Oregon
elections have never been more
accurate or secure.
You can be confident your vote
Telling the Truth
in state law, the way the city is
members being ‘At Large’ could
to determine reimbursement for
administered and others) were two hours spent on city business.
That would be Donald Trump.
lead to a council representing a
Connie Krummrich interesting items.
small geographic area to the detri-
However, I have a problem with
To the editor,
The first said that the council-
the second item, which does away
ment of the rest of the city.
Donald Trump called Jerry
with the current method of electing
I assume, prior to the May elec-
Nadler, the Chair of the House
ors and mayor could be paid. I
the council. At present, the mayor,
Judiciary Committee, a “sleaze
tion, there will be reasons put forth
have no problem with this as they
for this change. I look forward to
spend a lot of time on city business. and one councilor are elected ‘at
large,’ while the other four council- seeing who supports this proposal.
But Rep. Nadler has not been
However, to avoid lavish reim-
seen mocking someone with a
bursements, they might decide to
or’s represent specific geographical
disability on national TV; he does
use the state minimum hourly pay
areas of the city. Changing to all
To the editor,
not have a reputation as a bully and
Oregon’s upcoming session is
only for a month, and there’s a great
will not be printed. Letters that are obvious promotions for
There are no claims he has told
deal to be done, including negotiat-
ANT TO WRITE A LETTER
a business, products or services will not be printed.
over 16,000 lies in the past three
ing proposed legislation for things
Letters to the editor are limited to 400 words. Longer
Letter writers who disagree with other published letter
like funding for police and wildfire
letters will be edited. Each writer is restricted to one letter
writers should maintain a civil discourse and address the
43 women have not accused him protection. I absolutely expect
per 30-day period.
subject, not the author.
of inappropriate behavior, including every one of our senators, including
Election-related letters of all types are limited to one
The Dalles Chronicle does not guarantee the accuracy
rape, sexual assault or sexual ha-
my own Sen. Chuck Thomsen, to
letter per election season. Election letters from writers
of facts presented by letter writers; dissenters are welcome
spend that entire month in Salem,
rassment; and he has not bragged
outside of Wasco, Sherman and Klickitat counties are not
that he can do anything he wants to working with their colleagues and
Letters that quote facts or use quotes from third-party
making their best efforts to do the
women because he is a celebrity.
Letters that are libelous, obscene or in bad taste will not sources must include the original source in the letter.
job for which they were elected.
Rep. Nadler has not said he
be printed. Attacks by name on businesses or individuals
Sources may not count against the overall word count.
Last year, several senators left the
knows more than our military gen-
erals or called them “losers” and “a state during the legislative session
to prevent a vote on a climate
bunch of dopes and babies.”
change proposal, a subject near
He did not insult the military
service of Sen. John McCain, a dec- and dear to many Oregon residents.
This subject is once again on the
orated veteran and POW; nor did
he belittle the parents of a Muslim- table to be discussed, and it is being
insinuated that another walk out
American soldier killed while
is possible, though a newly elected
serving in the army.
House Republican Leader Christine
Mr. Nadler doesn’t call himself
Drazan stated (according to an OPB
“a very stable genius” and he isn’t
article published on Jan. 17) that a
regarded by countless mental
walkout would be a “breakdown of
health professionals and others as
the process”... though she didn’t rule
a dangerous, malignant narcissist
who is unfit for office.
That... just won’t do.
He does not admire authoritarian
rulers or take the word of Vladimir
Putin over that of 17 of his own
Half of the American people do
not think Nadler is a racist.
His leadership has not been
referred to as “the collision of in-
competence and cruelty.”
To the editor,
And he is not on trial for im-
In The Dalles Chronicle’s public
notices for Jan. 22, 2020, there was
peachment for high crimes and
misdemeanors, abuse of power and a Notice of Measure and Receipt
of Ballot Title from the City of
the obstruction of justice.
The Dalles. Buried among all the
No—Jerry Nadler has never said
reasons for the measure (change
or done or been accused of any of
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