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Sources Say: Vote probe still election issue

How long will questions remain about the validity of the Clackamas County elections? Apparently no more than 30 days.

That’s how long county and state elections officials have to certify the results of Tuesday’s general election, during which a temporary elections work was accused of altering possibly six ballots to favor Republican candidates.

Our Oregon is reviewing video tapes of the vote-counting process, apparently looking for evidence of additional fraud. The liberal advocacy groups needs to act soon if it hopes to challenge the elections of conservatives John Ludlow and Tootie Smith to the county commission.

This is for the suffrage anniversary

Michele Stranger Hunter, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, says women were largely responsible President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in Oregon.

Hanging out at the Oregon Democratic Party’s celebration at the Hilton Hotel on election night, Hunter noted that nationally, women were 53 percent of the voters who turned out. Pro-choice candidates won both nationally and in Oregon, Hunter pointed out.

“It was more of an issue in this election cycle than any other election in my lifetime, and I’ve been doing this for 42 years,” Hunter said. “I really think women were more motivated in this election cycle than ever before, because they were under attack. This is such a victory. The whole health care thing benefits women more than men.”

Smith’s 33 1/3 moment

How badly did Jefferson Smith lose the mayor’s race following months of negative news stories about his personal life?

Smith came in with 30 percent of the general election vote at press time.

That’s less than the 33 percent that Sho Dozono received when he lost to Sam Adams in the 2008 primary election. It’s also less than the 38 percent that Jim Francesconi received when he lost to Tom Potter in the 2004 general election.

In fairness, Smith received 33 percent of the vote in the primary election. Between then and the general election, he increased his total votes from 44,484 to more than 58,000.

But the total number of votes cast in the race increased, too, which explains why his percent dropped.

Does this dress make us electable?

Politicians repeatedly stress how much they support local businesses. Soon-to-be Portland First Lady Nancy Hales took up the refrain on election night by appearing with her mayor-elect husband Charlie wearing a new dress from Pendleton’s Fall 2012 Portland Collection.

It was designed by three Portlanders — Nathaniel Crissman, Rachel Turk, and John Blasioli — and woven at the Oregon company’s Northwest Mills.

Of course, Mayor Sam Adams frequently wears Pendleton clothes, too — mostly plaid shirts during his off hours.