Remembering Del Riley, Father of Oregon Vote-by-Mail

Delbert “Del” William Riley

Delbert “Del” William Riley

On August 17, Oregon Elections Director Steve Trout had the great honor of presenting former Linn County Clerk and beloved community member Del Riley with a Medallion Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State. I nominated Del for the award in recognition of his outstanding service to the people of Oregon and as the visionary of Oregon’s vote-by-mail system.

Del, who had been battling cancer at the age of 93, passed away surrounded by family on August 25. His legacy of public service is broad and far-reaching, and Oregon would not be the elections leader it is today without his contributions.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to Del’s loved ones—and when you mail your ballot this November, please take a moment to remember Del.

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