Thursday evening, Kate Brown issued a false attack on me online and to her supporters. Specifically, she stated that “Republican Knute Buehler supports the movement to restrict ballot access that is gaining momentum in states across the country. If Buehler wins, he will support efforts that make it harder for citizens to exercise their right to vote.”
I stand with Kate Brown on this issue of Voter ID. That’s why I signed her online petition this evening.
Oregon already has Voter ID, it’s called our signature. I’ve said this very thing time and time again as I travel Oregon. Before launching attacks to fire up her base, she is more than welcome to call me and fact check my positions.
If there is one candidate in this race who has worked diligently to include more voters in our process, it’s me. I’ve worked on ballot measures to grant greater access to Independents, non-affiliated voters and minor parties in our Primary elections. This past Spring, I helped convince the Republican Party to allow non-affiliates to vote in the Primary. How did Kate Brown respond? By refusing to send them Republican ballots and to force qualified voters to jump through more hoops to actually get a ballot
I do support auditing our election process so we can find out, once and for all, whether there are any problems. If problems are identified, we will know exactly what needs to be fixed. As a doctor, I like that approach: Fixing what has been diagnosed, and accepting nothing but excellence not just guessing.
This may be a partisan race, but there will be no room for partisanship in the Secretary of State’s office I oversee.
As I travel the state, I hear from many Oregonians that they wish Kate Brown agreed with me on more issues, not just Voter ID.
If she felt the same way I do about the need to reform our Corporation Division to make it more friendly to business, we could help more businesses create more jobs.
If she thought the same way I do about using our Audit Division to eliminate waste and improve efficiency, our children would have more teachers in the classrooms and our college students wouldn’t be forced to pay ever increasing costs for a higher education.
If she thought the same way I do about giving non-affiliated voters and minor parties greater access our primaries, we would have more voter participation.
Unfortunately, Kate doesn’t agree with me on making Oregon more business-friendly, improving our audits and saving taxpayers money, or including non-affiliates in our primaries.
She’d rather distract voters from the issues they care about with baseless, partisan attacks.