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After Helsinki, voting concerns lead to Seaside protest

Rally participants say U.S. election process at risk
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 19, 2018 6:41AM

Last changed on July 20, 2018 11:21AM

Protesters at a rally seeking an end to Russian interference in U.S. elections.

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Protesters at a rally seeking an end to Russian interference in U.S. elections.

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Protesters in Seaside Wednesday nig

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House District 32 candidate Tiffiny Mitchell addresses a rally in Seaside to protest foreign interference in U.S. elections.

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House District 32 candidate Tiffiny Mitchell addresses a rally in Seaside to protest foreign interference in U.S. elections.

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House District 32 candidate Tiffiny Mitchell addresses a rally protesting Russian interference in U.S. elections, held in Seaside.

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House District 32 candidate Tiffiny Mitchell addresses a rally protesting Russian interference in U.S. elections, held in Seaside.

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Spurred by events this week in Helsinki, Finland, more than 60 people turned out in front of the Seaside Visitors Bureau in a rally against government corruption.

The event, organized by North Coast Indivisible, aimed to safeguard Oregon’s election process and eliminate foreign influence in the federal government.

Seaside resident Russ Mead, a law professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, said Americans must safeguard the election process.“We know that Oregon was targeted and we need to be on top of this,” Mead said.

“We have a dishonest president, and he’s meeting in secret with Vladimir Putin,” rally organizer Eric Halperin said. “We’re hoping to rally people to vote in the next election who elect Democrats to oversee a president who seems to be working on his own agenda, not the people of America. People in this nation have to stand up and understand what’s going on at the highest level of government.”

Tiffiny Mitchell, Democratic candidate for House District 32 and a member of North Coast Indivisible, called the Seaside rally a “strong turnout.”

“I think a lot of people are really tired of what’s going on, especially at a national level, even horrified by the comments the president made in Helsinki, and really want to come out and make their voices heard,” Mitchell said.









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