Multnomah County's elections office on Monday, November 26, certified the results of the November 6 general election, giving us one more look at just how little Portland's voters liked either of their two choices for mayor, winner Charlie Hales and loser Jefferson Smith. Based on the unofficial results, we already knew that close to 20,000 voters decided to write in some other name on the ballot, a historically significant sum. But the official results carry another statistic just as interesting: the number of voters who looked at their ballots and decided to leave the race entirely blank. That number, called the "undervote," came in at 38,051 this election. In May, during a heated primary race that also featured Eileen Brady, only 4,934 voters sent in blanks. This fall's total also exceeds the undervote in the city's last fall mayoral runoff, back in 2004. More than 24,000 voters decided an empty dot was better than Tom Potter or Jim Francesconi. DENIS C. THERIAULT


Hacker collective Anonymous has taken notice of the Portland Police Bureau's willingness to help Multnomah County enforce foreclosure evictions—and, more specifically, one of the cops who's been spotted at some of the eviction confrontations with protesters: Mark Kruger, the controversial captain suspended two years ago for erecting a public memorial to Nazi soldiers. Late Sunday, November 25, the collective tweeted out a link to a document containing what appeared to be Kruger's home address and phone number. Sergeant Pete Simpson, the bureau's lead spokesman, said he couldn't confirm whether the information was accurate. But when asked about Kruger's notoriety, Simpson said, "He was disciplined. It's done." As for the continued attention, "There's nothing we can do about that, and he understands that... That's the world we live in. When there's negative information about you, you can expect it to come back again. And not just for police." DCT