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RESPONSE TO BALLOT ERROR INADEQUATE, UNFAIR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018
Media Contact: Carly Gabrielson
(541) 953-4744 or [email protected]

(Eugene, Ore.) — The DeFazio for Congress Campaign today expressed disappointment in the Coos County Commission response to a ballot printing error, which resulted in DeFazio's name appearing in conspicuously smaller type than other candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Campaign took issue with a Coos County Commission decision to address the situation with a letter that will reach voters two weeks after voting has begun- four days before Election Day- and will not identify the error.

In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Coos County Commission approved a budget expenditure of no more than $10,000 to fund a letter to the 44,867 voters who received faulty ballots. Additionally the Commission issued a clause on the emergency funds: the letter cannot clearly or directly name the offices impacted by the formatting error. The commissioners also indicated that it could take up to ten days for a letter to reach Coos County voters--two weeks after voting in the State of Oregon began.

“Sending a letter to voters without a clear explanation of the error is a waste of taxpayer dollars and will likely lead to further confusion. There are other methods of direct voter contact that are quicker and much more economical,” said Ms. Carly Gabrielson, DeFazio’s Campaign Manager. “This insufficient letter will reach voters after thousands have already cast their ballots,” said Gabrielson. “The campaign has received numerous comments from voters upset with the ballot and the process. We simply want to restore balance and fairness to the process on their behalf."

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Press Releases.

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