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Candidate Name: Alan Zundel
Office Candidate is running for: Secretary of State
Campaign Website:
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? Yes
  When the technology is ready.
2 Do you support requiring proof of identity before registering to vote? Yes
3 Do you support an Oregon Constitutional amendment to require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in Oregon? No
4 Do you support an open primary election? No
  The problem isn't primaries, it's lack of realistic choices in general election.
5 Do you support the direct election of the president by popular vote? No
  There are better and more feasible reforms.
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? No
  I believe Oregon is currently using a different voter cross state checking system, ERIC.
8 Do you support giving voter registration and ballots priority in upgrading the security risks identified in the state computer system? Yes
9 Do you support taking steps to make the initiative process more accessible to Oregonians? Yes
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? No
12 Do you support requiring all employers to verify citizenship for employee eligibility to work in Oregon? No
13 Do you support privatization of public-sector jobs? No
14 Do you support the First Amendment rights of business owners to run their business in accordance with their religious beliefs? Decline
  Only if it does not impinge on the civil rights of others.
15 Do you support the government identifying emerging growth businesses for subsidies, tax credits and government grants and loans? Yes
16 Do you support green urban renewal projects backed by public funds? Yes
17 Do you support financial and performance audits of all state agencies on a non-systematic bases to identify misuse of funds? Yes
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? Yes
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? Yes
23 Do you see environmental protections as a necessity that takes precedence over human rights? No
  I see them as a necessity to PROTECT human rights.
24 Do you support a change to the Oregon Constitution to use the individual tax kicker to fund education? Yes
25 Do you support authorizing the Attorney General to conduct a preliminary investigation into alleged violations of ethics or criminal laws to discover cause? Decline
  I don't know enough about the different sides of this issue to comment.
26 Do you support ICLEI/ICMA or other 2030 Agenda (formerly Agenda 21) organizations contracting with governments and making decisions reserved for elected officials? Decline
  The last part of the question seems loaded. I support actions to address climate change, but not usurping decisions of officials
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?  
  The economy is changing radically in recent decades with automation, globalization, and digital enterprises. We need to move beyond the liberal/conservative economic debate of the 20th century to address the 21st century economic landscape realistically. We need to do more with research, subsidies and changes in laws and regulations to foster businesses that are locally-based, small and medium sized, public benefit corporations, and in general businesses other than large-scale publicly-traded corporations with business models that extract value from local communities but have no long-term commitment to them.
29 Identify two things you will do to improve Oregon's "F" score for state integrity investigations, accountability and transparency.  
  1. Electoral reforms to limit the role of money in political campaigns. 2. Make public records more easily accessible to the public.