Human error looks to be at blame for why a fraction of Umatilla County voters received a state voters’ pamphlet without the county’s section.

State contractor Signature Graphics of Portland produced 31,570 of the informational pamphlets for Umatilla County households, according to information from county elections manager Kim Lindell, and 152 books lacked the section for Umatilla County.

Kim Forbis with Signature Graphics explained in an email to the county that an employee “manually feeds the county insert into a pocket on a binding machine that marries it up with the state book.” The machine has a detector that measures the caliper of the entire book to make sure all sections and inserts are inside prior to stapling and trimming. But Umatilla County’s insert was just eight pages. The thin section made it difficult to detect when becoming part of the 132-page state book.

Lindell said county elections received 20 calls concerning pamphlets lacking the insert, and based on the numbers, it appears less than half a percent of all the pamphlets did not get the insert.

And for anyone who wants a complete pamphlet, she said, the office has plenty available.

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