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Box of uncounted ballots found in Clackamas Co. month after primaries

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Clackamas County elections workers discovered a box of uncounted ballots a month after Oregon's primary elections.

The box containing 341 ballots was found this week during a final inventory of election equipment.

Officials determined the ballots were valid and received before the 8 p.m. deadline on May 17. Some of the ballots were from Multnomah and Washington counties.

Those ballots were returned to their proper jurisdictions Thursday. After consulting with the secretary of state, all of the ballots were counted and the elections results were amended to reflect the new totals.

The newly counted ballots did not change the outcome of any race or ballot measure, according to Clackamas County officials.

"I am sorry that this error occurred. But once it was discovered, we acted immediately to notify the affected counties and worked through the secretary of state to resolve this issue," said Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall. "None of the election results were adversely affected and the election results in all three counties have been amended."

Clackamas County election officials are investigating how this occurred, but they believe the box was placed in the wrong location.

New measures are being put in place to ensure there is clearer documentation of ballot inventories and that all ballot boxes are inventoried and counted as they are received, according to a county statement.

Clackamas County has faced other issues during recent elections.

In 2012, a part-time Clackamas County elections worker was removed from her position after a ballot tampering investigation revealed she had voted for Republican candidates on sections of two ballots that voters had left blank.  

In 2010, a commissioner position was put on the May ballot when it should have only appeared in November. That led to reprinting and replacing the existing ballots at a cost of around $120,000.

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