OR: AG candidate files blank ballot destruction lawsuit

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Attorney General candidate James Buchal

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Attorney General candidate James Buchal is suing the Secretary of State and Multnomah County Elections to require the destruction of unused ballots on election night.

The lawsuit asks the Multnomah County Circuit Court to enforce a state law that requires all unused ballots be destroyed immediately after 8 p.m. on election night.

“The Legislature did not intend to allow county clerks to maintain a stash of blank ballots for any purpose once voters finish voting,” Buchal said in a press release.  “There is no excuse for the continued disobedience of this statute.”

The Secretary of State’s office has received notice of the lawsuit but officials cannot talk about it because it is a legal matter, communications director Andrea Cantu-Schomus said. Multnomah County Director of Elections Tim Scott also said he could not comment on the lawsuit until he speaks with the county attorney.

Buchal, a Republican, is running for Attorney General in November against incumbent Ellen Rosenblum, a Democrat who was appointed in June by the governor to fill the term vacated when former AG John Kroger resigned.

Buchal said in the news release he filed the lawsuit on behalf of voters concerned about the integrity of the voting process in Oregon because ballots are not being properly destroyed, as is required by state statute.

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Shelby formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.