Oregon Attorney General launches voter protection hotline

State AG Ellen Rosenblum says that her office has set up a hotline to address voting questions and concerns, or address suspected voter fraud.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 3:56 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 3:57 PM

SALEM, Ore. — For Oregonians with questions or concerns about voting this election, the state Attorney General's office says that it has set up a voter protection hotline to provide answers.

“Voting by mail in Oregon is easy, secure, and resistant to fraud.” Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said. “That said, there are reports of misinformation around this year’s election, and voters may have urgent questions. I want Oregonians to know they can call our hotline and get a pretty quick call back.”

The voter protection hotline can be reached at 971-673-4111 for anyone with non-emergency questions and concerns. Messages are reviewed regularly by Department of Justice staff, who can usually return calls within 24 hours on weekdays, or by Monday if left over the weekend. Instructions are offered in English and Spanish, but messages can be returned in other languages upon request.

The AG's office asserts that voter fraud in Oregon is extremely rare, based on studies throughout the state's 20-year history with vote-by-mail. Nonetheless, voters who have suspicions about possible fraud and other illegal election activity can use the hotline to report them.

“DOJ will work with the Secretary of State and law enforcement to investigate and take appropriate action against anyone who commits fraud or otherwise interferes with an election,” Rosenblum said.

The hotline launched without much fanfare on October 13, but has already received dozens of calls. Most were from voters who were worried that their ballots had not yet arrived. Some received multiple ballots, or got ballots addressed to voters who had moved or passed away.

"Because Oregon prints ballots 30 days before they are mailed, any registration changes made after that date could result in duplicate ballots, as could requests for replacement ballots," the AG's office said. "Regardless of how many ballots are sent, however, only one ballot is considered 'active,' and only one ballot per voter will be validated by elections officials. After a voter’s ballot has been accepted, subsequent ballots would be rejected and flagged for review to determine whether voter error or fraud were involved."

Tuesday is the last day to safely mail in ballots in Oregon. After Tuesday, voters should use an official ballot drop box. Your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day — Tuesday, November 3.

Answers to other election-related questions can be found on the Secretary of State's "My Vote" site, or by contacting your local county elections office.

“Oregonians of all parties are justifiably proud of our elections system,” Rosenblum said. “That’s due in no small part to our County Clerks and elections staff in all 36 counties who provide a high level of service to voters and ensure that ballots are processed and counted with a high degree of security and transparency.”

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Jackson10739135
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Yamhill442875
Klamath433061
Polk371352
Malheur350461
Josephine331669
Douglas323170
Benton306019
Jefferson217434
Coos205033
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Union144423
Lincoln137120
Wasco137128
Hood River118330
Morrow110115
Crook107620
Clatsop9768
Baker94714
Curry6459
Tillamook6423
Grant5065
Lake4447
Harney3418
Wallowa1825
Gilliam621
Sherman581
Wheeler281
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Kern1090521373
Sacramento1044911676
Fresno1017291682
Alameda876371546
Ventura809051011
San Joaquin731741391
Contra Costa68638806
Stanislaus620081056
Tulare49579839
Monterey43595382
San Mateo41903568
San Francisco36669543
Santa Barbara34323456
Solano32864250
Merced31821459
Sonoma30002318
Imperial28388722
Kings22977246
Placer22610291
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Madera16444242
Santa Cruz16238206
Marin14040228
Yolo13897209
Shasta12110226
Butte11985199
El Dorado10141113
Napa985781
Sutter9421111
Yuba625346
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Lassen570124
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Nevada473675
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