Oregon Initiative Supporters File Lawsuit Over Disqualified Ballots

Oregon Measure 92, for labeling genetically altered foods, lost by 812 votes last month, and a recount is underway. On December 8 the initiative’s supporters filed a lawsuit in state court, arguing that 4,600 ballots weren’t counted because election officials felt the signature on the outer envelope of the mail-in ballot doesn’t match the signature on the voter registration form. Some of the plaintiffs are voters whose ballots weren’t counted. They point out that the appearance of their signatures has changed over the years. See this story.

When a voter’s ballot is rejected because the signature appears not to match, that voter is supposed to be notified, and is given until November 18 to come into the office. But many voters say they were not informed their ballot had been rejected.


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