november 2020 election

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Two Democratic members of Congress from Oregon are introducing a bill that would allow voters nationwide to fill out their ballots at home.

  

Program Date: Dec. 11, 2020

Air Date: Dec. 14, 2020
 

From The City Club of Eugene:

The Election of 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most unique exercises in American democracy. Over 150 million voters voted by mail or came to the polls to render verdict on who and what party should lead the nation over the next your years.

In a year that’s seen unending change, Oregon’s two most powerful lawmakers are hoping to buck the trend.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, are each looking to maintain control of their chambers for another two years, pressing their members for support as caucus deliberations loom.

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Voters in nearly half of Oregon’s counties approved sweeping changes to the state’s drug laws during this month’s election.

Some Oregon and Washington political leaders are taking to social media to applaud the results of the presidential election.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, on Twitter Saturday morning called the win for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris a “great day for America” and “our democracy.”

“Now it’s time to beat this pandemic. Fight for racial justice. Overcome our differences & work together,” Brown tweeted.

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Last week, we discussed the predicted onslaught of misinformation and disinformation about the 2020 Election with Damian Radcliffe. He’s a journalism professor at the University of Oregon. He and KLCC’s Brian Bull revisited the issue, post-Election Day. Bull started by asking Radcliffe just how rampant the propaganda attack was from his perspective.

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Following the approval of statewide Measure 108 by voters on Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Revenue is moving forward with implementing tax increases on tobacco and adding a new vaping tax. Taxes will apply beginning next year.

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Eugeneans have given incumbent City Councilor Emily Semple another term for Ward 1.

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For the first time ever, some Oregon voters used ranked choice voting to select candidates in this month’s election.

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A Eugene ballot measure to renew a five-year levy for the Eugene Public library has more than 76 percent of votes so far in this year’s election. The local option tax maintains the current level of services and possibly more.

 

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The Oregon legislature will feature a few new faces next year, but most incumbents held onto their seats.

More than 2.3 million Oregonians voted in this year’s general election, according to unofficial results from the Oregon secretary of state, up from more than 2 million Oregonians who voted in the 2016 general election.

Still, the percentage of voter turnout between the two elections is similar — both at about 80%.

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As counting continues in the Presidential Race, several hundred people held a “Rally for Democracy” event outside the federal courthouse in Eugene today. 

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An effort to move the Idaho border to include parts of eastern and southern Oregon had mixed results in Tuesday’s election. Four Oregon counties voted on the proposal.


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A defiant Peter DeFazio says voters saw through the GOP’s push to unseat him, despite millions of dollars spent on challenger Alek Skarlatos’ campaign. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the outcome of Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District Race.

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So far, the Bethel School District bond measure has been approved by 65% of voters. The roughly $87.3 million bond will be used to update buildings and provide more student resources. 

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As of Tuesday evening, the McKenzie School District bond measure 20-313 is narrowly failing by 52% of voters. This comes after the school board asked people to vote “No” as community members work to recover from the Holiday Farm Fire.

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As of Tuesday night, Laurie Trieger was ahead of Joel Iboa in the race for the position three seat on the Board of Lane County Commissioners.

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U.S. Democratic lawmaker Peter DeFazio remains the longest serving member of Congress representing Oregon.  The 73-year-old politician fought off a robust challenge from Republican Alek Skarlatos.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has won re-election for the Oregon seat he was first elected to in 2008.  He beat Republican Jo Rae Perkins, who made national news this year for her support of the wide ranging but discredited QAnon internet conspiracy theory and “science denialism” during the pandemic.

A voting season unlike any other is coming to an end, but the timeline for results is up in the air. Follow NPR's live election coverage, including voting updates, race calls and analysis.

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People who say they witnessed a group of Trump supporters intimidating voters at a Thurston ballot box Sunday spoke at last night’s Springfield City council meeting.

Bracing for the possibility of political violence stemming from Tuesday’s election, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is declaring a state of emergency in the Portland area and readying National Guard troops for potential deployment.

Brown announced Monday that she’d use her authority to declare an emergency from 5 p.m. Monday until 5 p.m. Wednesday. It’s the second time in two months that the governor has declared an emergency in preparation for possible violence.

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In the final hours before voting officially ends Tuesday night, political parties are pushing last-minute “get out the vote” drives.

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With vote-by-mail under attack by President Trump and his allies, Oregon politicians are discounting claims that it’s corrupt and vulnerable to fraud.

Program Date: October 30, 2020

Air Date: November 2, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

Last week, elected officials including Gov. Brown, more than a dozen state legislators, and union and community leaders signed an open letter condemning political violence after the election, in particular from alt-right and paramilitary groups.

The Portland Police Bureau has canceled days off for its officers on Election Day. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up patrols at ballot drop boxes and election headquarters, and the Oregon State Police said they are available to assist both agencies if needed.

That is according to the leaders of the three agencies, who gathered in Waterfront Park on Thursday for a briefing on election security planning.

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Oregon voters aren’t being shy about turning in their ballots.

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