The Clackamas County Clerk’s Office announced it has processed nearly all main ballots as of Tuesday, May 31 and continues to process Precinct Committee Persons (PCP) ballots, overseas and military ballots.
The processing of the PCP ballots, overseas and military ballots are expected to be finished June 2.
The Clerk’s Office did not update ballot numbers publicly on May 31 and June 1 due to voter confidentiality issues, a standard security protocol carried out by election offices throughout the state.
In simple terms, when a small number of new unofficial results are added to the tally it is possible for voters to be identified on voting lists if their ballot had not yet been processed. The lower the number of ballots remaining to be processed makes it easier for those remaining voters to be identified, and thus determine how people voted.
Because every voter has a right to remain anonymous in terms of how they vote, the Clackamas County Clerk’s Office did not release ballot processing numbers for those two days.
Given that the majority of the main ballots have been processed, unofficial results will be updated by 7 p.m. June 2.
Going forward, the Clerk’s Office will focus on reconciliation and certification of the May 17 Election results as outlined in the Vote by Mail Procedures Manual. This process is standard for any election. The Clerk’s Office is also on track to certify the Election by the state-mandated June 13 deadline.
County effort ensures every vote is counted
At least 40 of the 100 regular election workers have worked on processing ballots every day for the past month. All 100 regular election workers have processed ballots.
County employees were asked to help process ballots. Here is how many employees were dedicated to processing ballots as of June 1:
- Approximately 598 county employees took at least one or more shifts processing ballots. Many employees took more than one shift.
- 26 employees from the Secretary of State, Marion County and Washington County assisted in processing ballots.