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Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2016

Oregon: Over half of the Protesters arrested didn’t vote, many aren’t even registered to vote

A new local news investigative report found that more than half of the Portland demonstrators arrested during anti-Donald Trump protests did not actually participate in the voting process.

As protests against the President-Elect continue across the country, more than 100 people have been taken into custody by the Portland Police Bureau.  NBC affiliate KGW reviewed county voter logs and registration rolls, and found that 34 of the arrested protesters didn’t vote, and 35 more weren’t registered to vote in Oregon.

photo Brandon Jones

photo Brandon Jones

They did find there were 25 people arrested who did vote and another 17 with records that haven’t been determined.

12 News summarized: “At least sixty-nine demonstrators either didn’t turn in a ballot or weren’t registered to vote in the state. KGW compiled a list of the 112 people arrested by the Portland Police Bureau during recent protests. Those names and ages, provided by police, were then compared to state voter logs by Multnomah County Elections officials….

“Records show 34 of the protesters arrested didn’t return a ballot for the November 8 election. Thirty-five of the demonstrators taken into custody weren’t registered to vote in Oregon. Twenty-five protesters who were arrested did vote.”

Some has criticized Trump for claiming some protesters are “professionals” but examination of some “organizers” quote in the press show ties to activism or politics intimately.

For example, one woman mentioned is actually a global warming activist, known for her “stunts” against Republicans, more HERE. Another linked to a school student walk out is Bernie Sanders activist and supporter who wrote against the Iowa caucus process – HERE

While this is a surprise to some, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has revealed that he did not vote in the 2016 election after a season of “protesting” during the National Anthem.

According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Eric Branch. When asked if he planned to at all, his response was the same.

“To me, it didn’t really matter who went in there,” Kaepernick told reporters Wednesday. “The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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