Willamette Valley Democratics reached a new low with the Oregon voter's pamphlet this year:
The bitter fight over Measure 97, which would impose a gross receipts tax on large corporations, is entering its final stages. But a new controversy has emerged in recent days with the arrival of the state Voters’ Pamphlet. In Deschutes County, and perhaps elsewhere, arguments against the measure are separated by a voluminous insert devoted to county races.
“The problem was that on Measure 97, all the arguments in favor are at the beginning, and there are no arguments in opposition until you look at the very, very back of the pamphlet,” said Donna Young, a voter in Bend. There should at least have been a note saying, “continued on page such and such,” she said.
In the version of the Voters’ Pamphlet distributed to Deschutes County households, the section on Measure 97 features an assessment by the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission, a majority of whom support the measure, followed by four pages of arguments in support of the measure. Then comes a 24-page section devoted to Deschutes County elections. After the county insert, there appear 2½ additional pages of arguments in support of Measure 97 and all of the arguments in opposition — about 17 pages’ worth.
The separation is not intentional, said Molly Woon, communications director for the secretary of state’s office Sunday. The placement of the county insert is different for every county, she said, and officials are concerned primarily with the “logistics of getting it in there.”
“We just plop it in the middle,” she said.
Maybe they should "just plop it" at the end, instead. But no - that would make it more difficult for them to swing the election measure in the direction they favor. You can't blame them, because the separation of pro and con arguments on the measure surely wouldn't be intentional, because they're Democratics, and pure as wind-driven snow. Curiously, the Multnomah County version of the voter's pamphlet for our district has all arguments , pro and con on Measure 97 at the back of the guide - not split up as they did in other Counties. So it very obviously was intentional, and County-dependent.