Posted: November 3, 2010
Recount Procedures in Oregon
The Oregon gubernatorial race between Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber continues to be close and some reports indicate that there are more than 150, 000 ballots left to be counted. Both Multnomah and Lane counties have ballots that are as of yet uncounted. Dudley is little more than a percentage point ahead of Kitzhaber, at 47.94% to 49.14% (a margin of 15,000 votes). Of note is that in Multnomah County, more than 90,000 voters turned in ballots on the last day to do so, slowing counting.
Oregon law requires that a recount occur at the county level when the difference between the number of votes cast between the winning candidate and the closest opponent is not more than 1/5 of one percent of the total votes cast for both candidates. Or. Rev. Stat. § 258.280. If an automatic recount is not triggered in a county, a candidate can request a recount no later than 5 days after the Secretary of State declares the result of the election. Or. Rev. Stat. § 258.161. County clerks have to declare their official vote tallies to the Secretary of State by the 20th day after the election. Or. Rev. Stat. § 254.545.