ELECTION 2020: Ballots take long road from the county clerk’s office to the kitchen table and back again

Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter recommends voters read the directions on and inside their ballots when they vote. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – The life of a Malheur County voting ballot starts in central Oregon inside a printing house and eventually meanders across open desert steppe and a state line before it arrives on the local kitchen table.

The journey of a ballot – from its creation to its arrival at the county clerk’s office – is a mundane one but its path evolved into a political flashpoint issue as the presidential election heats up.

President Donald Trump cast doubt on the reliability of the upcoming national election and voiced alarm about fraud with mail-in ballots.

“We want to make sure the election is honest and I am not sure it can be,” Trump said . . .