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#KorruptKate Is At It – AGAIN! Kate Brown Screws Delinda Morgan Out Of $2500

Not content with screwing a mid level Republican candidate for state office, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has put her stamp on a Republican Congressional Candidate.

Delinda Morgan is running for the First Congressional District in Oregon. Now, for those of you outside the state, Oregon votes exclusively by mail. Every candidate is allowed to place a statement in the voter pamphlet that is delivered with the ballot, making their case for their candidacy for the office. A well written voter pamphlet statement is often the difference between victory and defeat. For congressional candidates, the two options are to either submit a petition to have the statement accepted, or pay a fee of $2500 to the Secretary of State.

So Mrs. Morgan decided to gather the 400 signatures required to petition to have her statement included in the voter pamphlet. Now, the regulation had been that when there was an invalid signature on such a petition (signature doesn’t match, voter moved and didn’t update their registration, etc.), the signature is rejected by drawing a line through it. When Mrs. Morgan submitted her petition, she was told that the rules had been rewritten. When a an invalid signature was found, not only was that signature rejected, but the ENTIRE SHEET of signatures was rejected. When that new rule was applied, Delinda Morgan was found not to have gathered enough signatures.

This caused Mrs. Morgan to have to make an immediate choice. In fact, her only choice was to pay the $2500 fee.

Normally, wild eyed speculation would be inappropriate, but given #KorruptKate’s highly partisan track record, one must ask the important question – would this rule have been equally applied to a Democrat candidate?

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6 Comments

  1. maxredlines's Gravatar maxredlines
    May 3, 2012    

    Amazing, but not surprising.

  2. May 3, 2012    

    If the candidate was a Democrat the same as the Republican, if the candidate was a Socialist or Green Party or Progressive probably not.

  3. May 3, 2012    

    So, somehow, enough sheets containing problem signatures were eliminated so that Delinda lost 100 petitioners (25%)? That doesn’t compute, given the time frame during which those voters could have moved. How many signatures were on each page?

    I’m taking a lesson from this example. When I file my Voter’s Pamphlet petition, part of my conversation with the signer will be to determine how long they have lived at that address and if they plan on moving. Also, I will hand carry my petition sheets to Salem.

  4. Lisa McAllister's Gravatar Lisa McAllister
    May 3, 2012    

    When did the rule change? Did Mrs. Morgan adequately familiarize herself with the rules as any candidate should? Do we know that this rule HAS not been applied to Democratic candidates as well? I am hardly a fan of Kate Brown and will vote for Knute Buehler to unseat her, but I am also a stickler for rules and respect candidates who run well informed campaigns. Situations like this can serve to undermine the credibility of the candidate and as the above article clearly states can be the “difference between victory and defeat”. Running for a Congressional seat is not an elementary exercise and all applicable requirements must be considered to avoid these simple but serious mishaps.

  5. Frank Martin's Gravatar Frank Martin
    May 3, 2012    

    Ok.. not surprising.. but also not fair.. we need to get the message out that the Secretary of State is not only blocking Delinda from the phamplet.. but also punishing citizens from their participation in the initiative process by practicing of entire signatures are thrown away because of amistake of one person.

    This is WRONG..

  6. Donna Bleiler's Gravatar Donna Bleiler
    May 3, 2012    

    Hey guys, rules are made with public input and are not voted on by the legislture. My guess is that there was no public input and if we send enough support to the governor to change the rule, he can demand the rule be opened for review. There has to be public record of the hearing on the rule that should be reviewed for what kind of testimony was received.

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