Regarding the article “GOP seminar raises voter fraud issue” (May 6): Our state’s elections are among the best in the country. Dedicated election administrators have investigated thousands of voting complaints. This may sound like a lot, but during the time period reviewed by state officials, more than 15 million ballots were cast. Only nine prosecutions resulted. The percentage of nine prosecutions to 15 million ballots works out to be 0.0000006 percent.
Given this track record, it is disappointing that an invitation to a forum hosted by the Multnomah County Republican Party said “there’s a good chance” that last November’s gubernatorial election would have been reversed by a recount.
The fact is that a partial recount of that race in Multnomah County paid for by the Republican Party indicated no voting irregularities and no change in election results.
Training election observers is great, but if a political party wants to influence election results, more effort on training campaign volunteers seems like a better investment.