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Clackamas County to limit release of updated election results

The timing and frequency of the updated vote tallies contrasts plans from other counties that will release multiple updates on election night.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. — After the Clackamas County elections office releases preliminary election results shortly after 8 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday, voters will have to wait until 6 p.m. on Wednesday to see the next round of updated results.

The timing of the updated vote tallies, as first reported by The Oregonian, contrasts plans from other counties — including Washington and Multnomah counties — that will release updates either hourly, or nearly hourly, on election night.

"I trust the system," one voter told KGW.

"That sounds like an individualized decision that the other counties obviously don't support," another voter said. "I'd question that."

Clackamas County announced its updated election results schedule Tuesday afternoon. The county originally planned to release the preliminary results just once Tuesday evening, with a second round of updates at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Clackamas County's full election results schedule is published on its website.

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KGW reached out to Clackamas County for an explanation. A spokesperson said the delayed reporting is due to the sheer number of late ballots coming in and upholding election integrity and voter confidentiality.

Among the key races on the ballot, voters will decide on two races for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

The nonpartisan position of Clackamas County Clerk is also on the ballot. Catherine McMullen, who is a county elections administrator, is running against Sherry Hall.

Hall has served as clerk for 20 years and is running for her sixth term. Opponents have repeatedly tried to unseat Hall following election errors in 2004, 2010 and 2011 and a state vote-tampering investigation in 2012. Hall made headlines after the May 2022 primary when blurred barcodes on ballots from the printer had to be duplicated by hand, delaying election results for two weeks.

This is a developing story and it may be updated when more information becomes available.

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