OK folks, everyone should have their ballot by now. The issue is not about Republicans or Democrats. It is about legality and fairness!
Remember the 2012 election for Lake County Commissioner seat, held by Brad Winters? Brad and James Ross, both republicans, ran for this seat, in the partisan primary. No other political party had a candidate.
In that partisan primary election, only republicans were allowed to vote. Winters won that election, while about one half of Lake county’s electors were illegally denied their constitutional right, to vote for the person they wanted to represent them for the next four years.
Article II, Section 1, of Oregon’s Constitution states: “All elections shall be free and equal.” If an elector is denied his/her right to vote, for any candidate, regardless of political party affiliation, they do not have a free and equal right to vote.
Partisan Primary Elections also violate both Amendments I and XIV of the United States Constitution. Amendment I guarantees a qualified voter’s right, to vote, under the “free speech” clause. Amendment XIV states in part; “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; ….
Please remember to vote YES on issue 19-27 “Proposed Ordinance to Make Elections of County Commissioners Non-Partisan” and get your ballot returned on time.