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KGW VERIFY: False claims of voter intimidation in Springfield, Oregon spread on social media
We spoke to Lieutenant Tom Rappe of the Springfield Police Department who says:
“The complaint was unfounded. People had access to it [the ballot drop-box] the entire time. There was no evidence of voter intimidation at the ballot drop-box.”
This hotline tip came about last Sunday in response to a pro-Trump rally being held outside of the Willamalane Park Swim Center in east Springfield. Police were present and monitoring the rally making sure participants were not blocking the roadway.
The ballot drop-off box in question had Willamalane Park employees stationed at the site to ensure voters could safely and efficiently return their ballots.
Rappe adds, “The Springfield Police Department was not called, only the hotline was.” The drop-site was separate from where the rally was being held.
Although there were some pro-Trump rally members in fatigues and open-carrying, none of them were stationed in front of the drop-box turning away voters. KGW can Verify: There is no evidence of voter intimidation at the Springfield, Oregon ballot drop-off site.
If anyone is experiencing voting issues, they can contact their local county elections office or email their questions/concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voter Helplines Partnered with Election Protection:
English: 866-OUR-VOTE – Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Spanish/English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA – NALEO Educational Fund
Arabic/English: 844-YALLA-US – Arab American Institute (AAI)
Asian Languages/English: 888-API-VOTE – APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
Do you have something you want us to Verify? Let us know. Email us at Verify@kgw.com
KGW VERIFY: Election night Q&A
KGW reporter Cristin Severance answers election night questions.
KGW VERIFY: Can I drop off my ballot at any library book drop?
Election Day is less than a week away. Voters must return their ballots by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. The last day to safely return ballots by mail was Tuesday, Oct. 27. However, it is not too late to vote. Voters should drop their ballots off at an official ballot drop box.
KGW viewer Michael Orazio brought up the topic of official ballot drop-boxes at libraries. so KGW set out to VERIFY: Can you drop off your ballot at any library book drop?
VERIFY: Oregon City sent voters a second ballot for the mayoral recall election
Voters are typically only supposed to receive one ballot unless they recently changed their voter registration. But, in Oregon City, all voters are receiving two.
KGW VERIFY: What if the signature on my ballot doesn’t match the one on file?
With the Nov. 3 presidential election right around the corner many questions have been raised by KGW viewers about possible ballots issues. Oregon conducts its elections entirely by mail, with voters either returning their ballots by mail or by ballot drop box.
Voter issues are overseen by the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division. We contacted Andrea Chiapella, the media contact at the Secretary of State’s Elections Division to learn more.
KGW VERIFY: No, you cannot change someone’s vote online in Oregon
False claims have recently been spread on social media that you can change someone’s vote online in Oregon.
These claims were spread over the social media site 4chan, an anonymous image-based bulletin board known for its dissemination of often right-wing hate speech and conspiracy theories. The false claims were also disseminated through Youtube despite debunking by various social media platforms.
KGW is here to Verify: These claims are not true.