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VERIFY: False claims of voter intimidation in Springfield, Oregon spread on social media

“The complaint was unfounded. People had access to it [the ballot drop-box] the entire time."

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon — We spoke to Lieutenant Tom Rappe of the Springfield Police Department who said the report that spread on social media was not true.

"The complaint was unfounded," Rappe said. "People had access to it [the ballot drop-box] the entire time. There was no evidence of voter intimidation at the ballot drop-box."

This hotline tip came about last Sunday in response to a pro-Trump rally being held outside of the Willamalane Park Swim Center in east Springfield. Police were present and monitored the rally making sure participants were not blocking the roadway.

The ballot drop-off box in question had Willamalane Park employees stationed at the site to ensure voters could safely and efficiently return their ballots.

The Springfield Police Department was not called, only the hotline was," Rappe said.

The drop-site was separate from where the rally was being held.

Although there were some pro-Trump rally members in fatigues and open-carrying, none of them were stationed in front of the drop-box turning away voters. KGW can Verify: There is no evidence of voter intimidation at the Springfield, Oregon ballot drop-off site. 

If anyone is experiencing voting issues, they can contact their local county elections office or email their questions/concerns to elections.sos@oregon.gov.

Voter Helplines Partnered with Election Protection:

English: 866-OUR-VOTE – Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Spanish/English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA – NALEO Educational Fund

Arabic/English: 844-YALLA-US – Arab American Institute (AAI)

Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE – APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Do you have something you want us to Verify? Let us know. Email us at Verify@kgw.com

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