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Oregon Attorney General launches voter protection hotline

State AG Ellen Rosenblum says that her office has set up a hotline to address voting questions and concerns, or address suspected voter fraud.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 3:56 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 3:57 PM

SALEM, Ore. — For Oregonians with questions or concerns about voting this election, the state Attorney General's office says that it has set up a voter protection hotline to provide answers.

“Voting by mail in Oregon is easy, secure, and resistant to fraud.” Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said. “That said, there are reports of misinformation around this year’s election, and voters may have urgent questions. I want Oregonians to know they can call our hotline and get a pretty quick call back.”

The voter protection hotline can be reached at 971-673-4111 for anyone with non-emergency questions and concerns. Messages are reviewed regularly by Department of Justice staff, who can usually return calls within 24 hours on weekdays, or by Monday if left over the weekend. Instructions are offered in English and Spanish, but messages can be returned in other languages upon request.

The AG's office asserts that voter fraud in Oregon is extremely rare, based on studies throughout the state's 20-year history with vote-by-mail. Nonetheless, voters who have suspicions about possible fraud and other illegal election activity can use the hotline to report them.

“DOJ will work with the Secretary of State and law enforcement to investigate and take appropriate action against anyone who commits fraud or otherwise interferes with an election,” Rosenblum said.

The hotline launched without much fanfare on October 13, but has already received dozens of calls. Most were from voters who were worried that their ballots had not yet arrived. Some received multiple ballots, or got ballots addressed to voters who had moved or passed away.

"Because Oregon prints ballots 30 days before they are mailed, any registration changes made after that date could result in duplicate ballots, as could requests for replacement ballots," the AG's office said. "Regardless of how many ballots are sent, however, only one ballot is considered 'active,' and only one ballot per voter will be validated by elections officials. After a voter’s ballot has been accepted, subsequent ballots would be rejected and flagged for review to determine whether voter error or fraud were involved."

Tuesday is the last day to safely mail in ballots in Oregon. After Tuesday, voters should use an official ballot drop box. Your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day — Tuesday, November 3.

Answers to other election-related questions can be found on the Secretary of State's "My Vote" site, or by contacting your local county elections office.

“Oregonians of all parties are justifiably proud of our elections system,” Rosenblum said. “That’s due in no small part to our County Clerks and elections staff in all 36 counties who provide a high level of service to voters and ensure that ballots are processed and counted with a high degree of security and transparency.”

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Washington68918461
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Lane44086397
Deschutes37530225
Jackson34484417
Linn20528221
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Douglas16386323
Yamhill13914168
Josephine13233291
Polk11966115
Benton1128646
Klamath11286179
Coos8563128
Malheur697096
Columbia599667
Jefferson587971
Lincoln530462
Crook467262
Union415665
Wasco392050
Clatsop369737
Tillamook293554
Hood River286638
Baker274440
Curry260141
Morrow256926
Grant137418
Harney130535
Lake116823
Wallowa99213
Sherman2333
Gilliam2254
Wheeler1722
Unassigned00

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San Diego6675684559
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Orange5098915953
Santa Clara2579941993
Sacramento2477782623
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Kern1961251974
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Ventura1556551256
San Joaquin1467261960
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San Francisco109859702
Tulare1071131211
San Mateo101729647
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Monterey70370651
Sonoma70038432
Solano67327391
Placer58374513
Merced57147727
Imperial52057820
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Kings43195396
Santa Cruz35593237
Madera33030336
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Napa20803111
Sutter18472199
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Nevada13685112
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Lake8639118
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Glenn547039
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