We’ve been asked to issue a statement on how we feel about the Oregonian article: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/learning_curve_layoffs_beset_n.html#incart_river_home
Here is our statement: The Bus Project is committed to ensuring all eligible Oregonians get a ballot. We have concerns about about what Dennis Richardson’s voting record and recent actions mean for ballot access for everyone. Dennis Richardson, as state representative, has voted against a majority of our legislation priorities ensuring Oregonians are free from potential barriers. And, Dennis Richardson has recently fired, for no cause, the people responsible for implementing these access systems. The Bus Project has fought hard to ensure Oregon makes great strides in voter access, often leading the nation in reforms. Dennis Richardson’s previous votes, and his recent actions, seem to put that progress at risk. It is essential to have staff within the Elections Division as opposed to a political office who are focused on ensuring everyone in Oregon knows how to vote, when to vote, and that their vote counts, especially diverse and hard to reach communities.