- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The director of Oregon’s Elections Division has stepped down with just three months to go until the November general election.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/2a1Ug5A ) that Director Jim Williams cited personal reasons for his resignation in a letter Tuesday. He says he’s leaving “with a heavy heart and regret,” but did not elaborate on his exit.

Williams has overseen the division, which handles a range of elections services from registration to campaign finance reporting, since 2013.

Deputy director of the Elections Division, Brenda Bayes, will serve as interim director.

Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins says in a Wednesday email to elections staff that a permanent replacement will be appointed by the next secretary of state.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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