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Candidate Name: Sharon L Durbin
Office Candidate is running for: Secretary of State
Campaign Website: none
Please answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions. The optional explanations will be included in your Individual Candidate Guide.
1 Do you support replacing vote-by-mail with electronic voting? No
  At this time I believe electronic voting is easier to tamper with
2 Do you support requiring proof of identity before registering to vote? Yes
  The motor-voter registration is working well here because you must show proof of citizenship to do so.
3 Do you support an Oregon Constitutional amendment to require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in Oregon? No
  We already have that and constantly amending the constitution is not the best way to handle things.
4 Do you support an open primary election? Yes
5 Do you support the direct election of the president by popular vote? Yes
  Electorial college was needed when country was formed, not needed now.
6 Do you support an audit of the vote-by-mail system? Yes
7 Do you support joining the Cross State Voter Check System, which was discontinued in 2013 after showing Oregon had 115,565 matches? Decline
  I will need to find out about this before expressing an opinion.
8 Do you support giving voter registration and ballots priority in upgrading the security risks identified in the state computer system? Yes
  Voting is the most important right every citizen has.
9 Do you support taking steps to make the initiative process more accessible to Oregonians? No
  It seems to be quite acceptable now.
10 Do you support restricting the "emergency clause" on legislation as true emergencies? Yes
11 Do you support transitioning Oregon to a "Right-to-Work" state in which joining a union would be optional? Yes
12 Do you support requiring all employers to verify citizenship for employee eligibility to work in Oregon? Yes
13 Do you support privatization of public-sector jobs? Yes
  For the most part.
14 Do you support the First Amendment rights of business owners to run their business in accordance with their religious beliefs? Yes
  I support the citizen's right to not support businesses that choose to insult people by refusing service.
15 Do you support the government identifying emerging growth businesses for subsidies, tax credits and government grants and loans? No
16 Do you support green urban renewal projects backed by public funds? No
17 Do you support financial and performance audits of all state agencies on a non-systematic bases to identify misuse of funds? Yes
  That would be my job.
18 Do you support a complete investigation into state agency programs charged with direct delivery of services to Oregonians? Yes
19 Do you support an audit program to track performance and accountability of projects using state funds? Yes
20 Do you support increasing fuel taxes for needed infrastructure repairs? Decline
  I am not sure at this time why the current taxes are not being used for infrastructure repairs and whether more taxes are needed
21 Do you support action to return federally owned land to the state and counties? No
22 Do you subscribe to the theory that Oregon's human activity has an impact on carbon emissions affecting global warming? No
23 Do you see environmental protections as a necessity that takes precedence over human rights? Decline
  Maybe. In some cases it makes a real difference for the future survival of humans.
24 Do you support a change to the Oregon Constitution to use the individual tax kicker to fund education? Decline
  I have not decided yet if that would be a benefit or not.
25 Do you support authorizing the Attorney General to conduct a preliminary investigation into alleged violations of ethics or criminal laws to discover cause? Yes
26 Do you support ICLEI/ICMA or other 2030 Agenda (formerly Agenda 21) organizations contracting with governments and making decisions reserved for elected officials? No
27 Do you support Oregon law as allowing the Federal government and FEMA to usurp control over Oregon Governor's powers in ORS 401.188 in times of emergency? No
The following question will not appear in the Candidate Comparison Guide, but will be included in your Individual Candidate Guide.
28 In what ways will you be an advocate for Oregon businesses?  
  I will be dealing fairly and (hopefully) efficiently with the incorporation laws and regulations and attempting to make them clear and easy to follow.
29 Identify two things you will do to improve Oregon's "F" score for state integrity investigations, accountability and transparency.  
  I will not be a member of a major party and thus, have no vested interest in any "pet" programs of my party and, thus, will be able to look at existing programs with no political baggage. I would bring my personal integrity to the investigations and make them as transparent as possible.