Automated telephone calls questioning the registration status of voters, including several received in the Mid-Valley, apparently will not trigger legal action by Secretary of State Kate Brown. Based on inquiries by the state Elections Division, “there’s really not a lot we can do” because no violation of election law turned up, said Andrea Cantu-Schomus, Brown’s spokeswoman. However, she said Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Justice is looking at whether the calls violated do-not-call lists that people can sign up for. The do-not-call law has an exception for some political purposes.
Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess and Polk County Clerk Val Unger said their staffs fielded numerous inquiries about the automated calls, known as “robo-calls,” that were made Friday and through the weekend. Neither had estimates. “We did not find one voter who was anything other than active,” Unger said. Burgess said only one voter who called Marion County had a legitimate problem, because that person hadn’t cast a ballot in five years.