I noticed earlier today that Oregon is one of the few States that has yet to report more than 90% of its precincts. It would appear that 150,000 ballots, which would easily decide the Smith/Merkly Senate race in favor of (D) Merkly, have yet to be counted at the crucial Multnomah (liberal Portland) County elections division.
I called Multnomah County Elections at 2:05 PM to ask what had caused the delay in counting approximately 150,000 ballots. I first talked to someone named Kathy, who could not give me her last name. When I asked more specifically what was delaying the counting of the ballots, she said "we're counting them."
Prostitution-free zones designated by the City Council under Chapter 14B.30. The zones were areas in which police had probable cause to believe a person committed prostitution as defined in Section 14B.30.030 of city code. Offenders could be banned from the zone for a twelve to 18 month period.
In 2007, Mayor Tom Potter allowed Portland's Prostitution Free Zone ordinances to sunset after determining that the law was ineffective.
In recent months, neighbors of the Montavilla neighborhood have begun organizing to mark the one year anniversary since the city dropped the Prostitution Free Zone. The groups claim that crime has risen since the zone was dropped, and are attempting to push for its reinstatement.