Hillsboro ballot error will cost county $30,000

Supplemental ballots for Hillsboro mailed out

A voter fills out a ballot (MGN Online)
A voter fills out a ballot (MGN Online)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Hillsboro’s electorate could have cast votes for a City Council candidate who isn’t in fact running, had a ballot error not been corrected.

A ballot listing Monte Akers, Brenda McCoy and Kyle Allen as City of Hillsboro Council Ward 2 Position A. (Washington County Elections Office)
A ballot listing Monte Akers, Brenda McCoy and Kyle Allen as City of Hillsboro Council Ward 2 Position A. (Washington County Elections Office)

After receiving initial ballots with an additional, incorrect candidate, Hillsboro voters have been sent a supplemental ballot, Phillip Bransford, a spokesperson for the Washington County Administrative Office said.

Initial ballots listed three candidates, including Brenda McCoy, for the position of City Council Ward 2, Position A, when only two were running. McCoy withdrew from the race in August.

“We’re human beings and sometimes human beings make mistakes,” said Bransford.

The error will cost Washington County $0.60 per ballot, or $30,000, with the money coming from the county’s general fund.

No other candidate or measure in Washington County was affected, and Hillsboro voters should be receiving City Council measure ballots in the next few days.

If you live in Hillsboro, you must bring both ballots to a Washington County elections office by Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

They include:

  • Hillsboro Main Library – 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro
  • Washington County Charles D Cameron Public Services Building – 155 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Library – 775 S.E. 10th Avenue, Hillsboro

If you are planning to mail your ballot, do so by Oct. 30.

Bransford said Washington County is accepting responsibility for the error, the result of a missed step in communication between the City of Hillsboro and Washington County.

“No one wanted this to happen, and everyone was doing the best they can to correct the situation,” said Bransford.

With more than 48,000 countywide ballots already turned in, this mistake could have a significant impact on who wins, and Bransford said he is concerned about voter turnout for the new ballot.

“We want people to pay attention to this supplement ballot that should be int heir mailbox here in the city of Hillsboro,” he said.

Corrected City of Hillsboro City Council ballot, c/o Washington County elections office.
Corrected City of Hillsboro City Council ballot, c/o Washington County elections office.

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