Oregon’s voter registration rolls are getting more secure, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown. She visited Hermiston on Friday morning for a question and answer session sponsored by the Hermiston Government Affairs Team and the Eastern Oregon Women’s Coalition. One point of interest for listeners was Brown’s views on voter fraud. Brown said her office has been working hard to clean up the voter registration rolls in cooperation with the Department of Motor Vehicles and other secretaries of state. “We are using database matching to ensure the centralized voter registration database is secure and accurate,” she said.
Brown said there is no national voter database and she doesn’t expect there to be one any time soon, so it is left up to the states to communicate and find any voters who may be registered in two states. She said an investigation by her office led to the Department of Justice prosecuting a man who had been voting in both Oregon and Washington.
Voter fraud is rare in Oregon, Brown said, but she did acknowledge an incident during the 2012 general election in which an election worker in Clackamas County was caught filling in blank spots on voters’ ballots. The worker was charged with a class C felony and sent to jail.
“The convictions she received will haunt her for the rest of her life,” Brown said.