May 17, 2022 Election Updates

Next Results Update: June 13, End of Day - Unofficial Results
Note: Pursuant to OAR 165-007-0550(4)

Some ballots printed for the May 17, 2022 Primary Election have barcodes that are blurred. This defect in the printed ballot causes the affected ballots to be rejected by the county’s automated ballot processing equipment. The ballots with the defect are validly cast votes, and will be tallied.

Image of correct barcode
Correctly printed barcode

Image of a faulty barcode
Incorrectly printed barcode

Read Clerk Hall's 2022 Primary Election Response Plan.

Daily Counts

Because this is an ongoing process, numbers will change.

Clackamas County Accountability Benchmarks to SOS

Total ballots

May 24

Total ballots: 116,045

May 23

Total ballots: 114,840

Total ballots counted

June 2

Daily: 2,549
Total: 113,641

May 30

Daily: 5,912
Total: 111,092

May 29

Daily: 6,993
Total: 105,180

May 28

Daily: 9,242
Total: 98,187

May 27

Daily: 7,896
Total: 88,945

May 26

Daily: 9,152
Total: 81,049

May 25

Daily: 11,667
Total: 71,897

May 24

Daily: 2,680
Total: 60,230

May 23

Daily: 9,903
Total: 57,550

May 22

Daily: 5,654
Total: 47,647

May 21

Daily: 10,014
Total: 41,993

May 20

Daily: 4,637
Total: 31,979

May 19

Daily: 11,693
Total: 27,342

May 18

Daily: 5,293
Total: 15,649

May 17

Daily: 10,356
Total: 10,356

Ballots remaining to be duplicated

June 2

1,105

May 30

3,653

May 29

9,566

May 28

16,559

May 27

25,801

May 26

34,963

May 25

44,115

May 23

38,381

County Election Links

Daily tally of counted ballots.

Daily results of individual races.

How are ballots processed in Clackamas County?
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What happens when a ballot can't be scanned?
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The public is always welcome to observe the process.

We strongly encourage anyone interested in observing to review our Observer Policy prior to arriving.

Video

Clerk Sherry Hall explains the blurred-barcode ballot issue - May 12, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

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A significant number of ballots disseminated to Clackamas County voters for the May 17 Primary Election have barcodes that are blurred. These barcodes were blurred due to an error during the printing process.  

Clackamas County did not print these ballots — this was done by an outside printing company that the Clerk’s Office has used for a decade. These blurred ballots present a problem for the county’s automated ballot-processing equipment, which cannot read the ballots.  

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Yes. The ballots with the defective barcode are still validly cast votes, and will be tallied.  

There is a routine process for handling these ballots. The original ballots themselves are retained. At least two election workers of different political affiliations transfer the votes to a machine-readable duplicate ballot. The workers must agree that the votes cast on the original ballot have been correctly transferred to the “duplicate” ballot to be read by the machine. The duplicate ballot is then included in the batch to be processed in place of the damaged ballot. The damaged ballot is retained, so that election integrity is ensured.  

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A certain number of ballots that are received in every election are damaged in handling, in the mail, or while in the possession of the voters due to beverage spills and similar accidents. These blurred barcode ballots will be handled in the same manner.  

The difference with this situation is the magnitude of the ballots being rejected by the machines due to the blurred barcodes. The situation is unprecedented for the county.  

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The blurred bar codes do not identify voters nor do they relate in any way to voters’ selections on candidates or measures. They are a code that identifies the “ballot style” so that the equipment can tally the votes in the correct elections. 

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No. The County Clerk is one of the 11 elected officials at Clackamas County, like each individual commissioner.  

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Clackamas County has responded in a number of ways. Some include: 

  • Offering additional help/workers: Immediately upon learning about the problem, County Administrator Gary Schmidt offered dozens of employees to be temporarily reassigned to county elections to aid in the duplication process. This number has been raised, and the county seeks, to ensure that 200 election worker spots per day are filled.   
  • Expanded capacity: Ballot-processing rooms must be secure and observable by the public, per state law. Clackamas County was able to expand the available space.
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County staffers began helping with the elections process the week after the problem was discovered — which was the week prior to Election Day.  

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Election Certification Day is June 13. That is the deadline for the Clerk to certify the election results.  

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No. The new law has nothing to do with the ballot barcodes being blurred.  

However, many validly-mailed ballots came into the Clerk’s Office in the days after the election, and elections officials have to process those correctly, which adds more time. In years past, the Clerk’s Office would receive all ballots for processing by the end of the night on Election Day (with the exception of those put into other counties’ drop boxes).  

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The election results are posted online each weekday. Check that page and select “Unofficial Results,” and the “Registered Voters” number at the top right of the screen provides the number of ballots that have been counted thus far. 

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Email:elections@clackamas.us

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