Dear Ms. Rosenblum,

With your power as Attorney General, could you please look into an election that I felt was very improper. Marshfield school district had a school bond issue vote. They had it last year for $65 million. The vote lost by less than 40 votes, so they had the vote again this year for $59 million. Again, the vote was close, BUT on the day before the election, an employee was sent to the Post Offices to gather up the ballots and deliver them to the polls before they closed. How is this ethical? The people know that there is a time limit, and if they can't get their ballots to the P.O. in time, then someone should not be sent to gather them up.

Also, since the vote was close, we did not get the results until 17 days later, and guess what? The bond issue won out.

I, and a lot of people, felt that the votes were manipulated. As soon as the ballots are sent out, they start returning to the election board. The board starts opening them at once, so they can keep tabs on how the vote is going, and change the outcome. A few years ago, a box of uncounted votes was found in the basement of the courthouse. How did they ever end up there?

Also, doesn't a certain percentage of voters have to vote before an election becomes valid? I think the percentage of voters was about 43 percent. Maybe it's time to go back to the polls. Vote by mail has way too much time for the ballots to be manipulated.

Yes, our schools need repairing and some rebuilding, but this issue was for way more money than what was needed. I am retired, and my property tax will go up around $250 a year for 25 years. I think the counting of the voters was very unethical, and ask you to please look into it.

Thank you for your help.

Joyce Clark

Coos Bay

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