Election Debrief – Now What?

The LWV of Portland has debriefed the experts about this election’s meaning and impact. What do the results mean – locally, statewide and nationally?
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The League of Women Voters of Portland asked three experienced political analysts to discuss the 2020 election. Who voted?  What influenced the outcomes? What are the implications for our community and democracy. You can watch their recorded discussion on this website now.

View the recording of this program by clicking below:

The panelists are:

Barbara Dudley  – Senior fellow at Portland State University’s Center for Public Service. Barbara appears regularly on OPB’s Think Out Loud Friday News Roundtable. She is also a senior policy adviser for the Oregon Working Families Party. She formerly served as president/executive director, National Lawyers Guild; executive director, Greenpeace USA; and national AFL-CIO Assistant Director for Strategic Campaigns.

John Horvick – Director for Client Relations and Political Research at DHM Research, a nonpartisan and independent public opinion research firm. He regularly speaks on issues of community, policy, and governance to public officials and governing bodies and is a political analyst for OPB and Fox 12 News.

Priscilla Southwell – University of Oregon professor with expertise in U.S., European, and Oregon politics, elections, voting by mail, and political behavior. Previously, she headed the U of O Department of Political Science and served as the university’s Associate Dean of Social Sciences.

Moderator: James Ofsink. James  currently leads the LWVPDX Criminal Justice Interest Group and is a member of the Police Accountability Study Group. He is also serving a four-year term as a Tax Supervising and Conservation Commissioner, appointed by the governor.

MetroEast Community Media recorded the program for streaming from this website and for later broadcast on public access cable channels. (Please see the schedule below for replay dates on Comcast and Frontier.)

Funding for the recording was provided by the Carol & Velma Saling Foundation.

Thank you for voting!

We can be proud of our voter turnout – almost 82%! Thank you for voting.View the Multnomah County and Oregon Election Results here.

Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., wrote:

As I reflect upon the 2020 election cycle, the most important story I see is the remarkable determination of the American voter.  Through a pandemic, shifting voting laws,  disinformation campaigns, and numerous other hurdles, voters rallied to make their voices heard in greater numbers than ever before. Things may feel messy right now, but we must remain encouraged. While we may not have election results for several days, or even weeks, as an unprecedented number of votes are counted, we can celebrate the resilience of democracy in the United States of America while we exercise patience waiting for final results.

Lots of Voting Information!

The League of Women Voters of Portland has produced nonpartisan voting information for the November 2020 General Election. Our goal is to encourage and empower voters. With this information, you can register to vote or check or update your voter registration. You’ll also be prepared to choose among the candidates and understand the pros and cons of each ballot measure.  Find lots of voting information on this website now. Click below to learn about:

You can trust vote by mail

The  League of Women Voters of the U.S. published this essay on reasons to trust vote by mail.  It was written by the co-president of the LWV of Johnson County, Kansas.  Below are summaries of her five reasons. Click here to read the whole article.

  1. Americans have voted by mail since the Civil War!  (And all Oregon elections have been by mail since 1999.)
  2. It is difficult for someone to vote another person’s ballot. Every signature is checked to make sure it matches the signature of a registered voter.
  3. The mailing, delivery, processing and counting of mail-in ballots are protected by security measures.
  4. Vote-by-mail does not favor any party over another. Research has shown that making voting easier helps all voters.
  5. Research shows that voter fraud is very rare.
Watch our video showing all the ways we protect mail-in voting in Oregon.