WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Dec. 9, Oregon Elections Director Deborah Scroggin announced her resignation. In a letter to Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan (D), Scroggin pointed to the “extraordinarily challenging time for election officials” due to “mis and disinformation” and “funding uncertainty” as the cause. Her resignation will take effect on Jan. 20 and Molly Woon will become the interim director.
Scroggin’s resignation is part of a larger trend of election worker resignations that threaten to undermine the smooth operation of our elections. Election conspiracy theories have led to a sharp rise in threats against election workers that make their already demanding jobs much more difficult. While several states, including Oregon, have enacted measures to protect election workers, more needs to be done to fully address the problem.