6/14/2016 - The Oregon Secretary of State has provided unofficial results for several nominations of the Independent Party of Oregon won by write-in votes.  The official results should be available soon.

NOTES:

The top 5 finishers from among the remaining Presidential candidates will compete in a preference ballot that will help determine the IPO's nominee for President.  The election will take place from July 4 - 19th.  Details are available at www.indparty.com/2016.  A detailed backgrounder on why the IPO is conducting its own process is availablehere.

There appears to be a tie in House District 30.  If that result becomes official, the winner will be determined by the candidates drawing lots (per state law).

Four-term former county commissioner Al Switzer defeated Werner Reschke to win the IPO nomination in Oregon House District 56.

Democratic and Republican candidates and their allies spent several tens of thousands of dollars to win IPO-cross nominations by write in, especially in the most contested races on the ballot and in districts where the IPO had recruited candidates to provide competition in November.

Candidates have two weeks to accept their write in nomination or the position will become vacant.

PARTIAL RESULTS (UNOFFICIAL)

PRESIDENT

Donald Trump          7896

Bernie Sanders        7049

Hillary Clinton          3340

*Ted Cruz                1703

*John Kasich             655

*Ben Carson                93

Gary Johnson              90

*Marco Rubio               34

Jill Stein                       20

* Candidates who were on the Oregon primary ballot, but do not actually win their parties' nominations, are banned from nomination by any other party. 

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ellen Rosenblum     4301
Daniel Crowe           2199

GOVERNOR *

Kate Brown   4407
Bud Pierce    2410
Allen Alley     1592

* Write in votes for Governor were counted because the total number of write in votes exceeded to number of votes for the winning candidate (Cliff Tomason), who appeared on the IPO primary ballot.

LEGISLATIVE RACES

Here are results from two southern Oregon districts that have drawn significant attention because of the perception that two of the candidates (Linthicum, Reschke) conspired with the incumbents to prevent a contested race in November.

SENATE DISTRICT 28
Dennis Linthicum 280
Todd Kepple 264
CW Smith      87

HOUSE DISTRICT 56
Al Switzer                  191
Werner Reschke      109

OTHER LEGISLATIVE RACES

SENATE DISTRICT 5
Dick Anderson     275
Arnie Roblan      229

HOUSE DISTRICT 20
Paul Evans   107
Laura Morrett 68

HOUSE DISTRICT 37
Julie Parrish 95
Paul Southwick        64

HOUSE DISTRICT 40
Mark Meek                 47 
Christofer Kuntz       46

HOUSE DISTRICT 52
Mark Johnson          111 
Mark Reynolds         74
Walt Trandum           16

HOUSE DISTRICT 51
Lori Chavez-DeRemer        52
Janelle Bynum                     43

HOUSE DISTRICT 54
Knute Buehler                      267
Gena Goodman-Campbell  82

STILL UNDECIDED

HOUSE DISTRICT 30
Dan Mason                           46
Janeen Sollman                  46

 

Why Many Winners in the IPO Primary were Write-Ins

Many of the IPO nominations were won by write-in votes, because no candidate appeared for that office on the IPO primary ballot.  The reason for that was the state law that prohibits anyone from being on the IPO primary ballot who had not been a member of IPO, continuously, for the 250-day period prior to the primary election.  The deadline to become an IPO member was thus September 10, 2015, only 3 weeks after IPO was certified as a major party entitled to participate in the May 2016 primary election.

While this party membership duration requirement is no big problem for the established Democratic and Republican major parties, which have stables of potential candidates and over 1 million long-term members, it removed from the IPO primary the most likely source of authentic candidates: political newcomers who have not, 14 months in advance of general election, already (1) planned to run in the IPO primary and (2) figured out that this requires changing party registration to IPO.  We received many inquires from potential IPO candidates who were unaware of the 250-day requirement and were thus disqualified from the IPO primary ballot by state law.

We asked the Legislature in 2015 and 2016 to change this law so that IPO could reduce or remove this "party membership duration" requirement.  The Legislature refused.  Our position was stated often, including in this Memo to the Legislature (February 2015).

Why Many Winners in the IPO Primary were Democrats or Republicans

Also very troubling is the fact that, due to the 250-day requirement, many of the IPO nominations were won by write-in by the same candidates who won the Democratic or Republican nominations for the same office.  Already in about one-third of all contests for the Oregon Legislature, the incumbent Democrat or Republican wins the other major party nomination by write-in, thus eliminating all choice from the general election ballot.  Because the of the 250-day requirement, the IPO primary often became a write-in proxy contest between the Democrat and Republican seeking the same office.  The 250-day requirement does not apply to write-ins.

We asked the Legislature in 2015 and 2016 to change this law so that the IPO nominations would not be hijacked by the Democrat or Republican candidates for the same offices.  The Legislature refused.  Our position was stated often, including in this Memo to the Legislature (February 2015).