If I lived in Clackamas County, I'd be burning up the complaint line at the County Clerk's office.
In their efforts to get an anti-government measure on the county ballot, the Clackamas County Americans For Prosperity got a big hand from Nevada millionaire Loren Parks, and what appears to be one big assist from the county clerk.
This afternoon, Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall announced that a Tea Party-backed county initiative had received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
That was a shock to many observers, because just last week the elections office announced that two statistical samples of the signatures came up short—meaning there weren’t enough valid signatures to qualify.
So what changed between then and today? It seems that County Clerk Hall directed her staffers to do a do-over, and allow back in signatures that they had originally rejected.
The Loren Parks angle alone should give Clackamas residents pause. But the addition of Sherry Hall's antics into this mix is a big red flag. Hall's work in the job has been shaky in the past. This doesn't exactly inspire confidence.