List of Oregon ballot measures

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The list of Oregon ballot measures lists all statewide ballot measures to the present.

In Oregon, the initiative and referendum process dates back to 1902, when the efforts of the Direct Legislation League prompted amending the Oregon Constitution for the first time since 1859. The process of initiative and referendum became nationally known as the Oregon System.[1][2]

There are three types of ballot measures: initiatives, referendums, and referrals. Initiatives and referendums may be placed on the ballot if their supporters gather enough signatures from Oregon voters; the number of signatures is a percentage based on the number of voters casting ballots in the most recent election for the Governor of Oregon.

initiative
Any issue may be placed before the voters, either amending the Constitution or revising or adding to the Oregon Revised Statutes. Constitutional initiatives require the signature of eight percent of recent voters to qualify for the ballot; statutory reforms require six percent.
referendum
The public may act to undo any bill passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, by putting a referendum on the ballot. A referendum requires four percent of recent voters to qualify for the ballot.
referral
The Legislative Assembly may refer any bill it passes to the public for approval, and must do so for any amendment to the Constitution. Additionally, the Legislative Assembly may refer revisions to the Constitution; a revision differs from an amendment in that it may alter multiple provisions of the Constitution.

The constitutional foundation for ballot measures (and legislation produced by the Oregon Legislative Assembly) may be found in Article IV of the Oregon Constitution,[3] and Chapter 250 of the Oregon Revised Statutes[4] relates to initiative and referendum as well.

The Oregon Blue Book, produced by the Oregon government, maintains a list similar to this one.[5]

Early measures[edit]

1902[edit]

1902 General Election[6]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 62,024 5,668 91.63% Yes LEG Limits Uses Initiative and Referendum

1904[edit]

1904 General Election[6]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 45,334 14,031 76.36% Yes LEG Office of State Printer
2 YES 56,205 16,354 77.46% No Init Direct Primary Nominating Convention Law
3 YES 43,316 40,198 51.87% No Init Local Option Liquor law

1906[edit]

1906 General Election[6]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 43,918 26,758 62.14% No Ref Shall act appropriating money maintaining Insane Asylum, Penitentiary, Deaf-Mute, Blind School, University, Agricultural College, and Normal Schools be approved
2 No 36,902 47,075 43.94% Yes Init Equal Suffrage Constitutional Amendment
3 No 35,297 45,144 43.88% No Init Amendment to local option law giving anti-prohibitionists and prohibitionists equal privileges
4 No 31,525 44,527 41.45% No Init Law to abolish tolls on the Mount Hood and Barlow Road and providing for its ownership by the State
5 YES 47,661 18,751 71.77% Yes Init Constitutional amendment providing method of amending constitution and applying the referendum to all laws affecting constitutional conventions and amendments
6 YES 52,567 19,852 72.59% Yes Init Constitutional amendment giving cities and towns exclusive power to enact and amend their charters
7 YES 63,749 9,571 86.95% Yes Init Constitutional amendment to allow the state printing, binding, and Printers' compensation to be regulated by law at any time
8 YES 47,678 16,735 74.02% Yes Init Constitutional amendment for the initiative and referendum on local, special, and municipal laws and parts of laws
9 YES 57,281 16,779 77.34% No Init Bill for a law prohibiting free passes and discrimination by railroad companies and other public service corporations
10 YES 69,635 6,441 91.53% No Init An act requiring sleeping car companies, refrigerator car companies, and oil companies to pay an annual license upon gross earnings
11 YES 70,872 6,360 91.77% No Init An act requiring express companies, telegraph companies, and telephone companies to pay an annual license upon gross earnings

1908[edit]

1908 General Election[8][9]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 19,691 68,892 22.23% Yes LEG To Increase Compensation of Legislators from $120 to $400 Per Session
2 YES 41,975 40,868 50.67% Yes LEG Permitting Location of State Institutions at Places Other than the State Capitol
3 No 30,243 50,591 37.41% Yes LEG Reorganization System of Courts and Increasing the Number of Supreme Judges from Three to Five
4 YES 65,728 18,590 77.95% Yes LEG Changing Date of General Elections from June to November
5 YES 60,443 30,033 66.81% No Ref Giving Sheriffs Control of County Prisoners
6 No 28,856 59,406 32.69% No Ref Requiring Railroads to Give Public Officials Free Passes
7 No 33,507 54,848 37.92% No Ref Appropriating $100,000 for Building Armories
8 YES 44,115 40,535 52.11% No Ref Increasing Annual Appropriation for University of Oregon from $47,500 to $125,000
9 No 36,858 58,670 38.58% Yes Init Equal Suffrage
10 YES 46,582 40,720 53.36% No Init Fishery Law Proposed by Fishwheel Operators
11 No 39,442 52,346 42.97% Yes Init Giving Cities Control of Liquor Selling, Poolrooms, Theaters, etc., subject to local option law
12 No 32,066 60,871 34.50% Yes Init Modified Form of Single Tax Amendment
13 YES 58,381 31,002 65.32% Yes Init Recall Power on Public Officials
14 YES 69,668 21,162 76.70% No Init Instructing Legislature to Vote for People Choice for United States Senator (see also Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution)
15 YES 48,868 34,128 58.88% Yes Init Authorizing Proportional Representation Law
16 YES 54,042 31,301 63.32% No Init Corrupt Practices Act Governing Elections
17 YES 56,130 30,280 64.96% No Init Fishery Law Proposed by Gillnet Operators
18 YES 52,214 28,487 64.70% Yes Init Requiring Indictment to Be By Grand Jury
19 YES 43,948 26,778 62.14% No Init Creating Hood River County

1910s[edit]

1910 General Election[8]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 35,270 59,065 37.39% Yes Init Permitting female taxpayers to vote
2 YES 50,134 41,504 54.71% No LEG Establishing branch Insane Asylum in eastern Oregon
3 No 23,143 59,974 27.84% No LEG Calling Convention to revise State Constitution
4 No 24,000 54,252 30.67% Yes LEG Providing separate districts for election of each State Senator and Representative
5 No 37,619 40,172 48.36% Yes LEG Repealing Requirements That All Taxes Shall Be Equal and Uniform
6 No 32,884 46,070 41.65% Yes LEG Permitting Organized Districts to Vote Bonds for Construction of Railroads by Such Districts
7 No 31,629 41,692 43.14% Yes LEG Authorizing Collection of State and County Taxes on Separate Classes of Property
8 No 13,161 71,503 15.54% No Ref Requiring Baker County to pay $1,000 a year to Circuit Judge in addition to his state salary
9 No 22,866 60,951 27.28% No Init Creating Nesmith County from parts of Lane and Douglas
10 YES 50,191 40,044 55.62% No Init To establish a state normal school at Monmouth
11 No 17,426 62,016 21.94% No Init Creating Otis County From Parts of Harney, Malheur and Grant
12 No 16,250 69,002 19.06% No Init Annexing Part of Clackamas County to Multnomah
13 No 14,508 64,090 18.46% No Init Creating Williams County From Parts of Lane and Douglas
14 YES 44,171 42,127 51.18% Yes Init Permitting People of Each County to Regulate Taxation for County Purposes and Abolishing Poll Taxes
15 YES 53,321 50,779 51.22% Yes Init Giving Cities and Towns Exclusive Power to Regulate Liquor Traffic Within Their Limits
16 YES 56,258 33,943 62.37% No Init For Protection of Laborers in Hazardous Employment, Fixing Employers' Liability, etc.
17 No 15,664 62,712 19.99% No Init Creating Orchard County From Part of Umatilla
18 No 15,613 61,704 20.19% No Init Creating Clark County From Part of Grant
19 No 40,898 46,201 46.96% No Init To Establish State Normal School at Weston
20 No 14,047 68,221 17.07% No Init To Annex Part of Washington County to Multnomah
21 No 38,473 48,655 44.16% No Init To Establish State Normal School at Ashland
22 No 43,540 61,221 41.56% Yes Init Prohibiting Liquor Traffic
23 No 42,651 63,564 40.16% No Init Prohibiting the Sale of Liquors and Regulating Shipments of Same, and Providing for Search for Liquor
24 No 32,224 51,719 38.39% No Init Creating Board to Draft Employers' Liability Law for Submission to Legislature
25 YES 49,712 33,397 59.82% No Init Prohibiting Taking of Fish in Rogue River Except With Hook and Line
26 No 17,592 60,486 22.53% No Init Creating Deschutes County Out of Part of Crook
27 No 37,129 42,327 46.73% No Init Bill for General Law Under Which New Counties May Be Created or Boundaries Changed
28 YES 51,275 32,906 60.91% Yes Init Permitting Counties to Vote Bonds for Permanent Road Improvement
29 YES 43,353 41,624 51.02% No Init Permitting Voters in Direct Primaries to Express Choice for President and Vice President, to Select Delegates to National Convention and Nominate Candidates for Presidential Electors
30 No 29,955 52,538 36.31% No Init Creating Board of People's Inspectors of Government, Providing for Reports of Board in Official State Gazette to be Mailed to All Registered Voters Bi-monthly
31 No 37,031 44,366 45.49% Yes Init Extending Initiative and Referendum, Making Term of Members of Legislature Six Years, Increasing Salaries, Requiring Proportional Representation in Legislature, Election of President of Senate and Speaker of House Outside of Members, etc.
32 YES 44,538 39,399 53.06% Yes Init Permitting Three-Fourths Verdict in Civil Cases

1912[edit]

1912 General Election[10]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 61,265 57,104 51.76% Yes Init Equal Suffrage Amendment
2 No 50,562 61,644 45.06% Yes LEG Creating Office of Lieutenant Governor
3 No 51,582 56,671 47.65% Yes LEG Divorce of Local and State Taxation
4 No 52,045 54,483 48.86% Yes LEG Permitting Different Tax Rates on Classes of Property
5 YES 63,881 47,150 57.53% Yes LEG Repeal of County Tax Option
6 No 32,934 70,325 31.89% Yes LEG Majority Rule on Constitutional Amendments
7 YES 82,981 21,738 79.24% Yes LEG Double Liability on Bank Stockholders
8 YES 65,985 40,956 61.70% No Ref Statewide Public Utilities Regulation
9 No 26,463 71,239 27.09% No Init Creating Cascade County
10 No 48,701 57,279 45.95% No Init Millage Tax for University and Agricultural College
11 No 35,721 68,861 34.16% Yes Init Majority Rule on Initiated Laws
12 No 49,699 56,713 46.70% No Init County Bond and Road Construction Act—Grange Bill
13 No 23,872 83,846 22.16% No Init Creating State Highway Department—Grange Bill
14 No 34,793 69,542 33.35% No Init Changing Date State Printer Bill Becomes Effective
15 No 16,910 91,995 15.53% No Init Creating Office of Hotel Inspector
16 YES 64,508 48,078 57.30% No Init Eight-hour Day on Public Works
17 No 48,765 57,293 45.98% No Init Blue Sky law
18 YES 73,800 37,492 66.31% No Init Relating to Employment of State Prisoners
19 YES 71,367 37,731 65.42% No Init Relating to Employment of County and City Prisoners
20 No 30,897 75,590 29.01% No Init State Road Bonding Act
21 YES 59,452 43,447 57.78% Yes Init Limiting State Road Indebtedness
22 No 43,611 60,210 42.01% No Init County Bonding Act
23 YES 57,258 43,858 56.63% Yes Init Limiting County Road Indebtedness
24 No 40,199 56,992 41.36% No Init Providing Method for Consolidating Cities and Creating New Counties
25 No 52,702 52,948 49.88% Yes Init Income Tax Amendment
26 YES 60,357 51,826 53.80% No Init Tax Exemption on Household Effects
27 No 42,491 66,540 38.97% No Init Tax Exemption on Moneys and Credits
28 No 38,609 63,839 37.69% No Init Revising Inheritance Tax Laws
29 YES 58,306 45,534 56.15% No Init Freight Rates Act
30 No 38,568 63,481 37.79% Yes Init County Road Bonding Act
31 No 31,020 71,183 30.35% Yes Init Abolishing Senate; Proxy Voting; U'Rren Constitution
32 No 31,534 82,015 27.77% Yes Init Statewide Single Tax with Graduated Tax Provision
33 No 41,951 64,578 39.38% No Init Abolishing Capital Punishment
34 No 49,826 60,560 45.14% No Init Prohibits Boycotts and Pickets
35 No 48,987 62,532 43.93% No Init Prohibits Use of Public Streets, Parks and Grounds in Cities over 5,000 Without Permit
36 No 29,437 78,985 27.15% No Ref Appropriation for University of Oregon
37 No 27,310 79,376 25.60% No Ref Appropriation for University of Oregon

1913[edit]

November 1913 Special Referendum Election[10]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 56,659 40,600 58.26% No Ref State University Building Repair Fund
2 YES 53,569 43,014 55.46% No Ref University of Oregon New Building Appropriation
3 No 41,767 53,319 43.93% No Ref Sterilization Act
4 YES 54,179 38,159 58.67% No Ref County Attorney Act
5 YES 67,814 28,608 70.33% No Ref Workmen's Compensation Act

1914[edit]

1914 General Election[10]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 164,879 39,847 80.54% Yes LEG Requiring Voters to be Citizens of the United States
2 No 52,040 143,804 26.57% Yes LEG Creating Office of Lieutenant Governor
3 No 77,392 103,194 42.86% Yes LEG Permitting Certain City and County Boundaries to be Made Identical, and Governments Consolidated
4 No 49,759 135,550 26.85% Yes LEG Permitting State to Create an Indebtedness Not to Exceed Two Percent of Assessed Valuation for Irrigation and Power Projects and Development of Untilled Lands
5 No 59,206 116,490 33.70% Yes LEG Omitting Requirement that "All Taxation Shall Be Equal And Uniform"
6 No 52,362 122,704 29.91% Yes LEG Changing Existing Rule of Uniformity and Equality of Taxation—Authorizing Classification of Property for Taxation Purposes
7 No 84,041 109,643 43.39% No LEG To Establish State Normal School at Ashland
8 YES 96,116 77,671 55.31% Yes LEG Enabling Incorporated Municipalities to Surrender Charters and To Be Merged in Adjoining City or Town
9 No 87,450 105,345 45.36% No LEG To Establish State Normal School at Weston
10 No 41,087 146,278 21.93% Yes LEG Providing Compensation for Members of Legislature at Five Dollars Per Day
11 No 49,360 167,888 22.72% Yes Init Universal Constitutional Eight Hour Day Amendment
12 No 88,480 120,296 42.38% No Init Eight-hour Day and Room-Ventilation Law for Female Workers
13 No 74,323 107,263 40.93% No Init Nonpartisan Judiciary Bill Prohibiting Party Nominations for Judicial Officers
14 No 65,495 136,193 32.47% Yes Init $1500 Tax Exemption Amendment
15 No 67,128 114,564 36.95% Yes Init Public Docks and Water Frontage Amendment
16 No 67,110 111,113 37.66% No Init Municipal Wharves and Docks Bill
17 YES 136,842 100,362 57.69% Yes Init Prohibition Constitutional Amendment
18 YES 100,552 100,395 50.04% Yes Init Abolishing Death Penalty
19 No 59,186 124,943 32.14% Yes Init Specific Personal Graduated Extra-tax Amendment of Article IX, Oregon Constitution
20 No 55,469 120,154 31.58% No Init Consolidating Corporation and Insurance Departments
21 No 92,722 110,404 45.65% No Init Dentistry Bill
22 No 82,841 107,039 43.63% Yes Init County Officers Term Amendment
23 No 34,436 143,468 19.36% No Init A Tax Code Commission Bill
24 No 32,701 143,366 18.57% No Init Abolishing Desert Land Board and Reorganizing Certain State Offices
25 No 39,740 137,116 22.47% Yes Init Proportional Representation Amendment to Oregon Constitution
26 No 62,376 123,429 33.57% Yes Init State Senate Constitutional Amendment
27 No 57,859 126,201 31.43% Yes Init Department of Industry and Public Works Amendment
28 No 25,058 153,638 14.02% No Init Primary Delegate Election Bill
29 No 43,280 140,507 23.55% Yes Init Equal Assessment and Taxation and $300 Exemption Amendment

1916[edit]

1916 General Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 141,773 53,207 72.71% Yes LEG Single Item Veto Amendment
2 YES 119,652 65,410 64.66% Yes LEG Ship Tax Exemption Amendment
3 No 100,027 100,701 49.83% Yes LEG Negro and Mulatto Suffrage Amendment
4 No 43,390 154,980 21.87% Yes Init Full Rental Value Land Tax and Homemakers' Loan Fund Amendment
5 No 96,829 109,523 46.92% Yes Init For Pendleton Normal School and Ratifying Location Certain State Institutions
6 No 99,745 100,119 49.91% No Init Anti-compulsory Vaccination Bill
7 YES 125,836 93,076 57.48% No Init Bill Repealing and Abolishing the Sunday Closing Law
8 No 85,973 140,599 37.95% Yes Init Permitting Manufacture and Regulating Sale 4 Percent Malt Liquors
9 YES 114,932 109,671 51.17% Yes Init Prohibition Amendment Forbidding Importation of Intoxicating Liquors for Beverage Purposes
10 YES 107,488 83,887 56.17% Yes Init Rural Credits Amendment
11 YES 99,536 84,031 54.22% Yes Init State-wide Tax and Indebtedness Limitation Amendment

1917[edit]

June 1917 Special Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 67,445 54,864 55.14% Yes LEG Authorizing Ports to Create Limited Indebtedness to Encourage Water Transportation
2 No 22,276 103,238 17.75% Yes LEG Limiting Number of Bills Introduced and Increasing Pay of Legislators
3 No 37,187 72,445 33.92% Yes LEG Declaration Against Implied Repeal of Constitutional Provisions by Amendments Thereto
4 YES 62,118 53,245 53.85% Yes LEG Uniform Tax Classification Amendment
5 YES 83,630 42,296 66.41% Yes LEG Requiring Election City, Town and State Officers at Same Time
6 No 46,666 86,165 35.13% No LEG Four Hundred Thousand Dollar Tax Levy for a New Penitentiary
7 YES 77,316 63,803 54.79% No LEG Six Million Dollar State Road Bond Issue and Highway Bill

1918[edit]

1918 General Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 49,935 66,070 43.05% Yes LEG Establishing and Maintaining Southern and Eastern Oregon Normal Schools
2 No 43,441 65,299 39.95% No LEG Establishing Dependent, Delinquent and Defective Children's Home, Appropriating Money Therefor
3 No 45,511 50,227 47.54% No Ref Prohibiting Seine and Setnet Fishing in Rogue River and Tributaries
4 YES 55,555 40,908 57.59% No Ref Closing the Willamette River to Commercial Fishing South of Oswego
5 YES 66,652 41,594 61.57% No Init Delinquent Tax Notice Bill
6 YES 50,073 41,816 54.49% No Init Fixing Compensation for Publication of Legal Notice
7 No 41,364 56,974 42.06% No - Authorizing Increase in Amount of Levy of State Taxes for Year 1919 (submitted by state tax commission under chapter 150, Laws 1917)

1919[edit]

June 1919 Special Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 49,728 33,561 59.71% Yes LEG Six Percent County Indebtedness for Permanent Roads Amendment
2 No 38,204 40,707 48.41% Yes LEG Industrial and Reconstruction Hospital Amendment
3 YES 43,010 35,948 54.47% Yes LEG State Bond Payment of Irrigation and Drainage District Bond Interest
4 No 39,130 40,580 49.09% Yes LEG Five Million Dollar Reconstruction Bonding Amendment
5 No 32,653 46,861 41.07% Yes LEG Lieutenant Governor Constitutional Amendment
6 YES 56,966 29,159 66.14% No LEG The Roosevelt Coast Military Highway Bill
7 No 37,294 42,792 46.57% No LEG Reconstruction Bonding Bill
8 YES 49,158 33,513 59.46% No LEG Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Educational Financial Aid Bill
9 YES 53,191 28,039 65.48% No LEG Market Roads Tax Bill

1920s[edit]

May 1920 Special Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 100,256 35,655 73.77% Yes LEG Extending Eminent Domain Over Roads and Ways
2 YES 93,392 46,084 66.96% Yes LEG Limitation of 4 Percent State Indebtedness for Permanent Roads
3 YES 81,756 64,589 55.87% Yes LEG Restoring Capital Punishment
4 YES 72,378 36,699 66.35% Yes LEG Crook and Curry Counties Bonding Amendment
5 YES 78,241 56,946 57.88% Yes LEG Successor to Governor
6 YES 102,722 46,577 68.80% No LEG Higher Educational Tax Act
7 YES 91,294 50,482 64.39% No LEG Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Educational Aid Revenue Bill
8 YES 110,263 39,593 73.58% No LEG State Elementary School Fund Tax
9 YES 115,337 30,739 78.96% No LEG Blind School Tax Measure
1920 General Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 61,258 131,603 31.76% Yes LEG Compulsory Voting and Registration Amendment
2 No 80,342 85,524 48.44% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Regulating Legislative Sessions and the Payment of Legislators
3 No 67,101 119,126 36.03% No Ref Oleomargarine Bills
4 No 37,283 147,426 20.18% Yes Init Single Tax Constitutional Amendment
5 YES 97,854 80,983 54.72% Yes Init Fixing Term of Certain County Officers
6 No 80,493 84,830 48.69% No Init Port of Portland Dock Commission Consolidation
7 No 63,018 127,570 33.07% Yes Init Anti-compulsory Vaccination Amendment
8 No 28,976 158,673 15.44% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Fixing Legal Rate of Interest in Oregon
9 No 78,961 107,383 42.37% No Init Roosevelt Bird Refuge
10 No 57,791 101,179 36.35% Yes Init Divided Legislative Session Constitutional Amendment
11 No 51,605 119,464 30.17% No Init State Market Commission Act

1921[edit]

June 1921 Special Election[11]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 42,924 72,596 37.16% Yes LEG Legislative Regulation and Compensation Amendment
2 YES 88,219 37,866 69.97% Yes LEG World War Veterans' State Aid Fund, Constitutional Amendment
3 YES 62,621 45,537 57.90% Yes LEG Emergency Clause Veto Constitutional Amendment
4 No 56,858 65,793 46.36% No LEG Hygiene Marriage Examination and License Bill
5 YES 59,882 59,265 50.26% No LEG Women Jurors and Revised Jury Law

1922[edit]

1922 General Election[12]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 89,177 57,049 60.99% Yes LEG Amendment Permitting Linn County Tax Levy to Pay Outstanding Warrants
2 YES 86,547 53,844 61.65% Yes LEG Amendment Permitting Linn and Benton Counties to Pay Outstanding Warrants
3 No 39,231 132,021 22.91% Yes Init Single Tax Amendment
4 No 82,837 95,587 46.43% No Init 1925 Exposition Tax Amendment
5 No 54,803 112,197 32.82% No Init Income Tax Amendment
6 YES 115,506 103,685 52.70% No Init Compulsory Education Bill amended a statute requiring children between eight and sixteen to attend public school, to eliminate an exemption for private school students; the measure passed, but was invalidated by the Supreme Court of the United States in Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925).

1923[edit]

November 1923 Special Election[12]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 58,647 58,131 50.22% No LEG Income Tax Act

1924[edit]

1924 General Election[12]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 184,031 48,645 79.09% Yes LEG Voters' Literacy Amendment
2 YES 134,071 65,133 67.30% Yes LEG Public Use and Welfare Amendment
3 YES 131,199 92,446 58.66% Yes LEG Bonus Amendment
4 No 91,597 157,324 36.80% No Ref Oleomargarine Condensed Milk Bill
5 No 75,159 122,839 37.96% No Init Naturopath Bill
6 No 73,270 151,862 32.55% Yes Init Workmen's Compulsory Compensation Law for Hazardous Occupations
7 YES 123,799 111,055 52.71% No Init Income Tax Repeal

1926[edit]

1926 General Election[12]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 81,954 68,128 54.61% Yes LEG Klamath County Bonding Amendment
2 No 54,624 99,125 35.53% Yes LEG Six Percent Limitation Amendment
3 YES 108,332 64,954 62.52% Yes LEG Repeal of Free Negro and Mulatto Section of the Constitution
4 No 59,442 121,973 32.77% Yes LEG Amendment Prohibiting Inheritance and Income Taxes
5 No 47,878 124,811 27.72% No LEG The Seaside Normal School Act
6 YES 101,327 80,084 55.85% No LEG The Eastern Oregon State Normal School Act
7 YES 100,324 61,307 62.07% Yes LEG The Recall Amendment
8 YES 78,823 61,472 56.18% Yes LEG Curry County Bonding or Tax Levy Amendment
9 YES 100,397 54,474 64.83% Yes LEG Amendment Relating to Elections to Fill Vacancies in Public Offices
10 YES 75,229 61,718 54.93% Yes LEG Klamath and Clackamas County Bonding Amendment
11 YES 131,296 48,490 73.03% No LEG The Eastern Oregon Tuberculosis Hospital Act
12 No 62,254 123,208 33.57% No Ref Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Bill
13 YES 99,746 78,685 55.90% No Ref Motor Bus and Truck Bill
14 No 46,389 97,460 32.25% No Ref Act Appropriating Ten Percent of Self-sustaining Boards' Receipts
15 No 50,199 122,512 29.07% No Init Income Tax Bill With Property Tax Offset
16 No 76,164 94,533 44.62% No Init Bus and Truck Operating License Bill
17 YES 102,119 73,086 58.29% No Init Fish Wheel, Trap, Seine and Gillnet Bill
18 No 83,991 93,997 47.19% No Init Income Tax Bill
19 No 35,313 147,092 19.36% Yes Init Oregon Water and Power Board Development Measure[13]
20 No 1,988 2,646 42.90% No LEG Amendment Fixing Salaries of County Officers of Umatilla County
21 No 2,826 6,199 31.31% No LEG To Provide Salaries for Certain Officials of Clackamas County

1927[edit]

June 1927 Special Election[12]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 69,373 41,887 62.35% Yes LEG Repeal of Negro, Chinaman and Mulatto Suffrage Section of Constitution
2 No 46,784 55,817 45.60% Yes LEG Portland School District Tax Levy Amendment
3 YES 64,956 38,774 62.62% Yes LEG Criminal Information Amendment
4 No 28,380 81,215 25.90% Yes LEG Legislators' Pay Amendment
5 YES 55,802 49,682 52.90% Yes LEG Voters' Registration Amendment
6 No 46,999 61,838 43.18% Yes LEG State and County Officers, Salary Amendment
7 No 41,309 57,613 41.76% Yes LEG City and County Consolidation Amendment
8 No 25,180 80,476 23.83% Yes LEG Veterans' Memorial and Armory Amendment
9 No 19,393 84,697 18.63% Yes LEG State Tax Limitation Amendment
10 No 48,745 67,039 42.10% No LEG Income Tax Bill
11 No 31,957 70,871 31.08% No LEG Property Assessment and Taxation Enforcement Bill
12 YES 53,684 47,552 53.03% No Ref Nestucca Bay Fish Closing Bill

1928[edit]

1928 General Election[12]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 71,824 198,798 26.54% Yes Init Five Cent Gasoline Tax Bill
2 No 98,248 174,219 36.06% Yes Init Bill for Reduction of Motor Vehicle License Fees
3 No 118,696 132,961 47.17% No Init Income Tax Bill
4 No 108,230 124,200 46.56% Yes Init Limiting Power of Legislature Over Laws Approved by the People
5 No 78,317 157,398 33.23% No Init Deschutes River Water and Fish Bill
6 No 79,028 156,009 33.62% No Init Rogue River Water and Fish Bill
7 No 76,108 154,345 33.03% No Init Umpqua River Water and Fish Bill
8 No 77,974 153,418 33.70% No Init McKenzie River Water and Fish Bill

1930s[edit]

1930 General Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 96,061 74,892 56.19% Yes LEG Repeal of State Payment of Irrigation and Drainage District Interest
2 No 51,248 135,412 27.46% Yes LEG State Cabinet Form of Government Constitutional Amendment
3 No 92,602 101,785 47.64% Yes LEG Bonus Loan Constitutional Amendment
4 No 71,557 115,480 38.26% Yes LEG Motor Vehicle License Tax Constitutional Amendment
5 No 63,683 111,441 36.36% Yes LEG Motor Vehicle License Tax Constitutional Amendment
6 YES 85,836 76,455 52.89% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment for Filling Vacancies in the Legislature
7 No 70,937 108,070 39.63% Yes LEG Legislators' Compensation Constitutional Amendment
8 No 39,770 137,549 22.43% No Ref Two Additional Circuit Judges Bill
9 YES 105,189 95,207 52.49% No Ref Income Tax Bill
10 No 54,231 156,265 25.76% Yes Init Anti-cigarette Constitutional Amendment
11 No 96,596 99,490 49.26% Yes Init Rogue River Fishing Constitutional Amendment
12 No 92,707 95,277 49.32% Yes Init Lieutenant Governor Constitutional Amendment
13 YES 117,776 84,778 58.15% Yes Init People's Water and Power Utility Districts Constitutional Amendment[13]

1932[edit]

1932 General Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 189,321 124,160 60.39% Yes LEG Taxpayer Voting Qualification Amendment
2 YES 191,042 111,872 63.07% Yes LEG Amendment Authorizing Criminal Trials Without Juries by Consent of Accused
3 YES 149,833 121,852 55.15% Yes LEG Six Percent Tax Limitation Amendment
4 No 131,273 200,496 39.57% No Ref Oleomargarine Tax Bill
5 No 127,445 180,527 41.38% No Ref Bill Prohibiting Commercial Fishing on the Rogue River
6 No 58,076 237,218 19.67% No Ref Higher Education Appropriation Bill
7 YES 206,619 138,775 59.82% No Init Bill to Repeal State Prohibition Law of Oregon
8 No 151,790 180,609 45.66% No Init The Freight Truck and Bus Bill
9 No 47,275 292,486 13.91% No Init Bill Moving University, Normal and Law Schools, Establishing Junior Colleges
10 No 99,171 162,552 37.89% Yes Init Tax and Debt Control Constitutional Amendment
11 No 117,940 154,206 43.34% No Init Tax Supervising and Conservation Bill
12 No 144,502 162,468 47.07% No Init Personal Income Tax Law Amendment
13 YES 168,937 130,494 56.42% Yes Init State Water Power and Hydroelectric Constitutional Amendment

1933[edit]

July 1933 Special Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 136,713 72,854 65.24% No LEG An Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America
2 YES 113,267 75,476 60.01% Yes LEG Soldiers and Sailors Bonus Limitation Amendment
3 No 66,425 117,148 36.18% Yes LEG County Manager Form of Government Constitutional Amendment
4 No 67,192 110,755 37.76% Yes LEG Prosecution by Information and Grand Jury Modification Amendment
5 No 82,996 91,671 47.52% Yes LEG Debt and Taxation Limitations for Municipal Corporations Constitutional Amendment
6 No 73,756 106,153 41.00% No LEG State Power Fund Bonds
7 No 45,603 167,512 21.40% No LEG Sales Tax Bill
8 YES 143,044 72,745 66.29% Yes LEG Repeal of Oregon Prohibition Constitutional Amendment
9 No 66,880 144,542 31.63% No Ref Oleomargarine Tax Bill

1934[edit]

May 1934 Special Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 83,424 96,629 46.33% Yes LEG County Indebtedness and Funding Bond Constitutional Amendment
2 YES 117,446 83,430 58.47% Yes LEG Criminal Trial Without Jury and Non-unanimous Verdict Constitutional Amendment
3 YES 104,459 98,815 51.39% No LEG Bill Authorizing a State Tuberculosis Hospital in Multnomah County
4 No 92,575 108,816 45.97% No LEG Bill Authorizing a State Insane Hospital in Multnomah County
5 No 64,677 156,182 29.28% No Ref School Relief Sales Tax Bill

1934[edit]

1934 General Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 124,518 139,283 47.20% No Ref Grange Power Bill
2 No 100,565 161,644 38.35% Yes Init Limitations of Taxes on Taxable Property Constitutional Amendment
3 No 70,626 191,836 26.91% Yes Init Healing Arts Constitutional Amendment

1936[edit]

January 1936 Special Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 61,270 155,922 28.21% No LEG Bill Changing Primary Elections to September With Other Resulting Changes
2 No 28,661 184,332 13.46% Yes LEG Compensation of Members of the Legislature Constitutional Amendment
3 No 32,106 187,319 14.63% No LEG Sales Tax Bill
4 No 50,971 163,191 23.80% No Ref Bill Authorizing Student Activity Fees in State Higher Educational Institutions
1936 General Election[14]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 174,293 179,236 49.30% No Ref Bill Amending Old Age Assistance Act of 1935
2 No 100,141 222,897 31.00% Yes Init Amendment Forbidding Prevention or Regulation of Certain Advertising If Truthful
3 No 112,546 203,693 35.59% Yes Init Tax Limitation Constitutional Amendment for School Districts Having 100,000 Population
4 No 131,917 214,246 38.11% No Init Noncompulsory Military Training Bill
5 No 79,604 241,042 24.83% Yes Init Amendment Limiting and Reducing Permissible Taxes on Tangible Property
6 No 131,489 208,179 38.71% No Init State Power Bill
7 No 100,356 208,741 32.47% Yes Init State Hydroelectric Temporary Administrative Board Constitutional Amendment
8 No 82,869 250,777 24.84% No Init State Bank Bill

1938[edit]

1938 General Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 233,384 93,752 71.34% Yes LEG Governor's 20-day Bill Consideration Amendment
2 No 133,525 165,797 44.61% Yes LEG Amendment Repealing the Double Liability of Stockholders in Banking Corporations
3 No 149,356 169,131 46.90% Yes LEG Legislators Compensation Constitutional Amendments
4 YES 277,099 66,484 80.65% No LEG Bill Requiring Marriage License Applicants Medically Examined; Physically and Mentally
5 YES 204,561 126,580 61.77% No Ref Slot Machines Seizure by Sheriffs and Destruction on Court Order
6 YES 197,912 129,043 60.53% No Ref Prohibiting Slot Machines, Pin-ball, Dart and Other Similar Games
7 YES 183,781 149,711 55.11% No Init Townsend Plan Bill
8 No 112,172 219,557 33.81% No Init Citizens' Retirement Annuity Bill; Levying Transactions Tax to Provide Fund
9 YES 197,771 148,460 57.12% No Init Bill Regulating Picketing and Boycotting by Labor Groups and Organizations
10 YES 247,685 75,295 76.69% No Init Water Purification and Prevention of Pollution Bill
11 No 118,282 222,221 34.74% No Init Bill Regulating Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for Beverage Purposes
12 No 141,792 180,329 44.02% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Legalizing Certain Lotteries and Other Forms of Gambling

1940s[edit]

1940 General Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 163,942 213,797 43.40% Yes LEG Amendment Removing Office Time Limit of State Secretary and Treasurer
2 No 129,699 183,488 41.41% Yes LEG Amendment Making Three Years' Average People's Voted Levies, Tax Base
3 No 157,891 191,290 45.22% Yes LEG Amendment Repealing the Double Liability of Stockholders of State Banks
4 No 186,830 188,031 49.84% Yes LEG Legislators' Compensation Constitutional Amendment
5 No 156,421 221,203 41.42% No Ref Bill Changing the Primary Nominating Elections from May to September
6 No 158,004 235,128 40.19% No Ref Bill to Further Regulate Sale and Use of Alcoholic Liquor
7 No 90,681 309,183 22.68% No Init Bill Repealing Present Liquor Law; Authorizing Private Sale, Licensed, Taxed
8 No 150,157 258,010 36.79% Yes Init Amendment Legalizing Certain Gambling and Gaming Devices and Certain Lotteries
9 No 201,983 213,838 48.57% No Init Bill to Repeal the Oregon Milk Control Law

1942[edit]

1942 General Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 129,318 109,898 54.06% Yes LEG Legislators' Compensation Constitutional Amendment
2 YES 101,425 88,857 53.30% Yes LEG Rural Credits Loan Fund Repeal Amendment
3 YES 125,990 86,332 59.34% Yes LEG Amendment Specifying Exclusive Uses of Gasoline and Motor Vehicle Taxes
4 No 101,508 103,404 49.54% Yes LEG Amendment Authorizing Regulation by Law of Voting Privilege Forfeiture
5 No 110,643 127,366 46.49% No Ref Cigarette Tax Bill
6 No 97,212 137,177 41.47% No Ref Bill Restricting and Prohibiting Net Fishing Coastal Streams and Bays
7 YES 136,321 92,623 59.54% No Init Bill Distributing Surplus Funds to School Districts, Reducing Taxes Therein

1944[edit]

1944 General Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 228,744 115,745 66.40% Yes LEG Amendment To Provide Alternative Means for Securing Bank Deposits
2 YES 175,716 154,504 53.21% Yes LEG Amendment Authorizing Change to Managerial Form of County Government
3 YES 190,520 178,581 51.62% Yes LEG Amendment Authorizing "Oregon War Veterans' Fund," Providing Tax Therefor
4 YES 183,855 156,219 54.06% Yes LEG Amendment to Authorize Legislative Regulation of Voting Privilege Forfeiture
5 YES 238,350 135,317 63.79% No LEG Bill Providing Educational Aid to Certain Veterans World War II
6 No 96,697 269,276 26.42% No LEG Bill Imposing Tax on Retail Sales of Tangible Personal Property
7 YES 228,853 180,158 55.95% No Ref Burke Bill; Only State Selling Liquor over 14 Hundredths Alcohol
8 No 177,153 186,976 48.65% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Increasing State Tax Fund for Public School Support
9 No 180,691 219,981 45.10% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Providing Monthly Annuities From a Gross Income Tax

1945[edit]

June 1945 Special Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 78,269 49,565 61.23% No LEG Bill Authorizing Tax Levy for State Building Fund
2 No 60,321 67,542 47.18% No LEG Bill Authorizing Cigarette Tax to Support Public Schools

1946[edit]

1946 General Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 221,547 70,322 75.91% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Providing for Succession to Office of Governor
2 No 75,693 219,006 25.68% No LEG Bill Authorizing Tax for Construction and Equipment of State Armories
3 YES 155,733 134,673 53.63% No LEG Bill Establishing Rural School Districts and School Boards
4 YES 161,865 133,111 54.87% Yes LEG Bill Authorizing Chinamen to Hold Real Estate and Mining Claims
5 YES 145,248 113,279 56.18% Yes LEG Amendment Permitting Legislative Bills to be Read by Title Only
6 No 88,717 185,247 32.38% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Increasing Number of Senators to Thirty-one
7 YES 196,195 101,398 65.93% No Ref Bill Regulating Fishing in Coastal Streams and Inland Waters
8 No 86,374 244,960 26.07% No Init To Create State Old-age and Disability Pension Fund
9 YES 157,904 151,765 50.99% No Init To Create Basic School Support Fund by Annual Tax Levy

1947[edit]

October 1947 Special Election[15]
meas.
num
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 67,514 180,333 27.24% No LEG Bill Taxing Retail Sales for School, Welfare and Governmental Purposes
2 No 103,794 140,876 42.42% No Ref Cigarette Tax Bill

1948[edit]

1948 General Election[16]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 150,032 268,155 35.88% Yes LEG Constitutional Six Percent Tax Limitation Amendment
2 YES 211,912 209,317 50.31% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Authorizing Indebtedness for State Forestation
3 YES 227,638 219,196 50.94% No LEG Bill Authorizing State Boys' Camp Near Timber, Oregon
4 No 173,004 242,100 41.68% No Ref Bill Amending Licensing and Acquisition Provisions for Hydroelectric Commission Act
5 YES 284,776 164,025 63.45% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Fixing Qualifications of Voters in School Elections
6 YES 313,212 172,531 64.48% No Init Oregon Old Age Pension Act
7 YES 405,842 63,373 86.49% No Init Bill Increasing Personal Income Tax Exemptions
8 No 210,108 273,621 43.44% No Init Oregon Liquor Dispensing Licensing Act
9 No 198,283 265,805 42.73% Yes Init World War II Veterans' Bonus Amendment
10 YES 273,140 184,834 59.64% No Init Prohibiting Salmon Fishing in Columbia River With Fixed Appliances
11 No 143,856 256,167 35.96% No Ref Question of Authorizing Additional State Tax, to be Offset by Income Tax Funds

1950s[edit]

1950 General Election[16]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 243,518 205,361 54.25% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Fixing Legislators' Annual Compensation
2 No 256,895 192,573 57.16% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Lending State Tax Credit for Higher Education Buildings
3 YES 268,171 183,724 59.34% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Augmenting "Oregon War Veterans' Fund"
4 No 234,394 231,856 50.27% Yes LEG Increasing Basic School Support Fund by Annual Tax Levy
5 YES 310,143 158,939 66.12% No Ref Needy Aged Persons Public Assistance Act
6 YES 277,633 195,319 58.70% No Ref Providing Uniform Standard Time in Oregon
7 YES 239,553 216,958 52.47% Yes Init World War II Veterans' Compensation Fund
8 No 190,992 215,302 47.01% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment for Legislative Representation Reapportionment
9 No 113,524 378,732 23.06% No Init Making Sale of Promotively Advertised Alcoholic Beverage Unlawful

1952[edit]

1952 General Election[16]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 282,882 326,199 46.44% Yes LEG Amendment Making Superintendent of Public Instruction Appointive
2 YES 454,898 147,128 75.56% Yes LEG World War Veterans' State Aid Sinking Fund Repeal
3 YES 480,479 153,402 75.80% No LEG Act Authorizing Domiciliary State Hospital for Aged Mentally Ill
4 YES 355,136 210,373 62.80% Yes LEG Amendment Legal Voters of Taxing Unit Establish Tax Base
5 YES 465,605 132,363 77.86% Yes LEG Amendment to Augment Oregon War Veterans' Fund
6 YES 364,539 194,492 65.21% Yes LEG Amendment Creating Legislative Assembly Emergency Committee
7 YES 483,356 103,357 82.38% Yes LEG Amendment Fixing Elective Terms of State Senators and Representatives
8 YES 315,071 191,087 62.25% Yes LEG Amendatory Act Title Subject Amendment
9 YES 318,948 272,145 53.96% No LEG Act Limiting State Property Tax
10 YES 409,588 230,241 64.02% No Ref Motor Carrier Highway Transportation Tax Act
11 No 295,700 301,974 49.48% No Ref School District Reorganization Act
12 No 233,226 413,137 36.08% No Ref Cigarette Stamp Tax Revenue Act
13 YES 399,981 256,981 60.88% No Init Establishing United States Standard Time in Oregon
14 No 230,097 411,884 35.84% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Lotteries, Bookmaking, Pari-mutuel Betting on Animal Racing
15 YES 369,127 285,446 56.39% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Authorizing Alcoholic Liquor Sale by Individual Glass
16 No 135,468 484,730 21.84% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Providing Equitable Taxing Method for Use of Highways
17 No 313,629 337,750 48.15% No Init Milk Production and Marketing Act Bill
18 YES 357,550 194,292 64.79% Yes Init Constitutional Legislative Senator and Representative Apportionment Enforcement Amendment

1954[edit]

1954 General Election[16]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 216,545 296,008 42.25% Yes LEG Salaries of State Legislators
2 YES 268,337 208,077 56.32% Yes LEG Subdividing Counties for Electing State Legislators
3 YES 397,625 128,685 75.55% No LEG Mental Hospital In or Near Portland
4 YES 251,078 230,770 52.11% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendments—How Proposed by People
5 No 208,419 264,569 44.06% Yes LEG State Property Tax
6 No 252,305 300,007 45.68% No Init Establishing Daylight Saving Time
7 No 232,775 278,805 45.50% No Init Prohibiting Certain Fishing in Coastal Streams
8 YES 293,745 247,591 54.26% No Init Repealing Milk Control Law

1956[edit]

1956 General Election[16]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 175,932 487,550 26.52% Yes LEG State Tax Laws—Immediate Effect Authorized
2 YES 498,633 153,033 76.52% Yes LEG Authorizing State Acceptance of Certain Gifts
3 YES 390,338 263,155 59.73% Yes LEG Salaries of Certain State Officers
4 YES 455,485 182,550 71.39% Yes LEG Qualifications for County Coroner and Surveyor-
5 No 320,741 338,365 48.66% Yes LEG Salaries of State Legislators
6 No 280,055 414,613 40.31% No Ref Cigarette Tax
7 YES 401,882 259,309 60.78% No Init Prohibiting Certain Fishing in Coastal Streams

1958[edit]

1958 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 399,396 114,318 77.75% Yes LEG Fixing State Boundaries
2 No 232,246 318,685 42.16% Yes LEG Increasing Funds for War Veterans' Loans
3 No 236,000 316,437 42.72% Yes LEG Salaries of State Legislators
4 No 264,434 276,487 48.89% Yes LEG Capital Punishment Bill
5 No 221,330 268,716 45.17% Yes LEG Financing Urban Redevelopment Projects
6 YES 252,347 224,426 52.93% Yes LEG Modifying County Debt Limitation
7 YES 357,792 136,745 72.35% Yes LEG Special Grand Jury Bill
8 YES 303,282 193,177 61.09% Yes LEG Authorizes Different Use of State Institution
9 YES 373,466 125,898 74.79% Yes LEG Temporary Appointment and Assignment of Judges
10 No 218,662 291,210 42.89% Yes LEG State Power Development
11 YES 311,516 157,023 66.49% Yes LEG County Home Rule Amendment
12 YES 319,790 195,945 62.01% Yes LEG Authorizing Discontinuing Certain State Tuberculosis Hospitals
13 YES 320,751 201,700 61.39% Yes Init Persons Eligible to Serve in Legislature

1960s[edit]

May 1960 Special Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 250,456 281,542 47.08% Yes LEG Salaries of State Legislators
1960 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 579,022 92,187 86.27% Yes LEG Fixing Commencement of Legislators' Term
2 No 357,499 393,652 47.59% No LEG Daylight Saving Time
3 YES 335,792 312,187 51.82% Yes LEG Financing Urban Redevelopment Projects
4 No 306,190 340,197 47.37% Yes LEG Permitting Prosecution by Information or Indictment
5 YES 358,367 289,895 55.28% Yes LEG Authorizing Legislature to Propose Revised Constitution
6 YES 467,557 233,759 66.67% Yes LEG State Bonds for Higher Education Facilities
7 YES 508,108 183,977 73.42% Yes LEG Voter Qualification Amendment
8 No 232,250 433,515 34.88% Yes LEG Authorizing Bonds for State Building Program
9 YES 578,471 123,283 82.43% Yes LEG Compulsory Retirement for Judges
10 YES 486,019 169,865 74.10% Yes LEG Elective Offices: When to Become Vacant
11 YES 399,210 222,736 64.19% Yes LEG Financing Improvements in Home Rule Counties
12 YES 578,266 88,995 86.66% Yes LEG Continuity of Government in Enemy Attack
13 YES 415,931 266,630 60.94% Yes LEG War Veterans' Bonding and Loan Amendment
14 No 115,610 570,025 16.86% No Ref Personal Income Tax Bill
15 No 261,735 475,290 35.51% No Init Billboard Control Measure

1962[edit]

May 1962 Special Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 141,728 262,140 35.09% Yes LEG Six Percent Limitation Amendment
2 YES 241,171 178,749 57.43% Yes LEG Salaries of State Legislators
1962 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 312,680 234,440 57.15% Yes LEG Reorganize State Militia
2 YES 323,799 199,174 61.92% Yes LEG Forest Rehabilitation Debt Limit Amendment
3 YES 319,956 200,236 61.51% Yes LEG Permanent Road Debt Limit Amendment
4 YES 298,255 208,755 58.83% Yes LEG Power Development Debt Limit Amendment
5 YES 307,855 193,487 61.41% Yes LEG State Courts Creation and Jurisdiction
6 YES 388,154 229,661 62.83% No LEG Daylight Saving Time
7 YES 270,637 219,509 55.22% Yes LEG Constitutional Six Percent Limitation Amendment
8 No 197,322 325,182 37.76% Yes Init Legislative Apportionment Constitutional Amendment
9 No 206,540 320,917 39.16% No Init Repeals School District Reorganization Law

1963[edit]

October 1963 Special Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 103,737 362,845 22.23% No Ref Personal and Corporation Income Tax Bill

1964[edit]

May 1964 Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 327,220 252,372 56.46% Yes LEG Authorize Bonds for Education Building Program
1964 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 455,654 302,105 60.13% Yes LEG Capital Punishment Bill
2 YES 477,031 238,241 66.69% Yes LEG Leasing Property for State Use
3 No 205,182 549,414 27.19% No Init Amending State Workmen's Compensation Law
4 No 221,797 534,731 29.32% No Init Prohibiting Commercial Fishing for Salmon, Steelhead

1966[edit]

May 1966 Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 310,743 181,957 63.07% No LEG Cigarette Tax Bill
2 No 197,096 267,319 42.44% Yes LEG Superintendent of Public Instruction Constitutional Amendment
1966 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 468,103 123,964 79.06% Yes LEG Public Transportation System Employees Constitutional Amendment
2 No 237,282 332,983 41.61% Yes LEG State Bonds for Educational Facilities

1968[edit]

May 1968 [17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 372,915 226,191 62.25% Yes LEG Common School Fund Constitutional Amendment
2 YES 321,731 244,750 56.79% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Changing Initiative—Referendum Requirements
3 YES 353,383 261,014 57.52% Yes LEG Higher Education and Community College Bonds
1968 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 651,250 96,065 87.15% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Broadening Veterans Loan Eligibility
2 YES 690,989 56,973 92.38% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment for Removal of Judges
3 YES 588,166 143,768 80.36% Yes LEG Empowering Legislature to Extend Ocean Boundaries
4 No 331,617 348,866 48.73% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Broadening County Debt Limitation
5 YES 393,789 278,483 58.58% Yes LEG Government Consolidation City-County Over 300,000
6 No 315,175 464,140 40.44% Yes Init Bond Issue to Acquire Ocean Beaches
7 No 276,451 503,443 35.45% Yes Init Constitutional Amendment Changing Property Tax Limitation

1969[edit]

June 1969 Special Election [17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 65,077 504,274 11.43% Yes LEG Property Tax Relief and Sales Tax

1970s[edit]

May 1970 Primary Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 190,257 300,126 38.80% Yes LEG Capital Construction Bonds for State Government
2 YES 326,374 168,464 65.96% Yes LEG Repeals "White Foreigner" Section of Constitution
3 No 182,074 322,682 36.07% Yes LEG Revised Constitution for Oregon
4 YES 292,234 213,835 57.75% Yes LEG Pollution Control Bonds
5 No 202,018 336,527 37.51% Yes LEG Lowers Oregon Voting Age to 19
6 No 180,602 323,189 35.85% Yes LEG Local School Property Tax Equalization Measure
1970 General Election[17]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 261,428 340,104 43.46% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Concerning Convening of Legislature
2 YES 342,138 269,467 55.94% Yes LEG Automatic Adoption, Federal Income Tax Amendments
3 No 283,659 294,186 49.09% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Concerning County Debt Limitation
4 YES 332,188 268,588 55.29% Yes LEG Investing Funds Donated to Higher Education
5 YES 481,031 133,564 78.27% Yes LEG Veterans' Loan Amendment
6 YES 436,897 158,409 73.39% Yes LEG Limits Term of Defeated Incumbents
7 No 269,372 318,651 45.81% Yes LEG Constitutional Amendment Authorizing Education Bonds
8 YES 352,771 260,100 57.56% Yes LEG Allows Penal Institutions Anywhere in Oregon
9 YES 406,315 214,243 65.48% No Init Scenic Waterways Bill
10 No 223,735 405,437 35.56% Yes Init New Property Tax Bases for Schools
11 No 272,765 342,503 44.33% Yes Init Restricts Governmental Powers Over Rural Property

1972[edit]

January 1972 Special Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 245,717 236,937 50.91% No Ref Increases cigarette tax
May 1972 Primary Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 327,231 349,746 48.34% Yes LEG Eliminates literacy requirement; lowers voting age
2 YES 420,568 206,436 67.08% Yes LEG Repeals requirement for decennial state census
3 No 241,371 391,698 38.13% Yes LEG Allows legislators to call special sessions
4 No 232,391 364,323 38.95% Yes LEG Capital construction bonds for state government
5 No 233,175 374,295 38.38% Yes LEG Irrigation and water development bonds
6 No 120,027 491,551 19.63% Yes LEG Enabling county-city vehicle registration tax
  • 7 — Repealed Governors Retirement Act that was created through House Bill 1728 in 1971 that provided lifetime pensions for Oregon Governors who served at least two years. The measure passed with little objection.
1972 General Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 594,080 232,948 71.83% Yes LEG Eliminates location requirements for state institutions
2 YES 572,619 281,720 67.02% Yes LEG Qualifications for sheriff set by legislature
3 No 329,669 462,932 41.59% Yes LEG Amends county purchase and lease limitations
4 No 336,382 519,196 39.32% Yes LEG Changes provision regarding religion
5 YES 591,191 265,636 69.00% Yes LEG Minimum jury size of six members
6 YES 736,802 133,139 84.70% Yes LEG Broadens eligibility for veterans loans
7 YES 571,959 292,561 66.16% Yes LEG Repeals governor's retirement act
8 YES 697,297 151,174 82.18% Yes LEG Changes succession to office of governor[19]
9 No 342,885 558,136 38.06% Yes LEG Prohibits property tax for school operations

1973[edit]

May 1973 Special Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 253,682 358,219 41.46% No LEG Property tax limitation; school tax revision

1974[edit]

May 1974 Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 136,851 410,733 24.99% No LEG Income, corporate tax, school support increase
2 No 190,899 369,038 34.09% Yes LEG Highway fund use for mass transit
3 No 166,363 371,897 30.91% Yes LEG New school district tax base limitation
4 No 198,563 328,221 37.69% Yes LEG Authorizes bonds for water development fund
5 YES 381,559 164,953 69.82% Yes LEG Increases veteran's loan bonding authority
6 No 246,525 298,373 45.24% Yes LEG Permits legislature to call special session
1974 General Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 353,357 384,521 47.89% Yes LEG Liquor licenses for public passenger carriers
2 YES 546,255 165,778 76.72% Yes LEG Opens all legislative deliberations to public
3 YES 437,557 246,902 63.93% Yes LEG Revises constitutional requirements for grand juries
4 YES 381,593 331,756 53.49% Yes LEG Governor vacancy successor age requirement eliminated
5 (moved to May 1974 election by special session of the legislature)
6 YES 552,737 146,364 79.06% Yes LEG Permits establishing qualifications for county assessors
7 No 322,023 329,858 49.40% Yes LEG Tax base includes revenue sharing money
8 No 337,565 378,071 47.17% Yes LEG Revises school district election voting requirements
9 No 218,846 476,547 31.47% Yes LEG Permits state employees to be legislators
10 YES 362,731 355,506 50.50% Yes LEG Revises Oregon voter qualification requirements
11 YES 480,631 216,853 68.91% Yes LEG Right to jury in civil cases
12 No 277,723 376,747 42.43% Yes LEG Community development fund bonds
13 YES 393,743 352,958 52.73% No Ref Obscenity and sexual conduct bill
14 YES 498,002 177,946 73.67% No LEG Public officials' financial ethics and reporting; also referred to all 36 counties and 243 cities with governing bodies
15 YES 458,417 274,182 62.57% No Init Prohibits purchase or sale of Steelhead

1976[edit]

May 1976 Primary Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 549,553 158,997 77.56% Yes LEG Expands Veterans' home-farm loan eligibility
2 YES 639,977 59,774 91.46% Yes LEG Discipline of judges
3 YES 315,588 362,414 46.55% Yes LEG Housing bonds
4 No 170,331 531,219 24.28% Yes LEG Authorizes vehicle tax mass transit use
1976 General Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 607,325 247,843 71.02% Yes LEG Validates inadvertently superseded statutory amendments
2 No 376,489 536,967 41.22% Yes LEG Allows changing city, county election days
3 No 285,777 679,517 29.61% Yes LEG Lowers minimum age for legislative service
4 YES 507,308 368,646 57.91% Yes LEG Repeals emergency succession provision
5 YES 549,126 377,354 59.27% Yes LEG Permits legislature to call special session
6 YES 682,252 281,696 70.78% Yes LEG Allows charitable, fraternal, religious organizations bingo
7 No 263,738 659,327 28.57% No LEG Partial public funding of election campaigns
8 No 465,143 505,124 47.94% No Ref Increases motor fuel, ton-mile taxes
9 No 423,008 584,845 41.97% No Init Regulates nuclear power plant construction approval
10 No 402,608 536,502 42.87% No Init Repeals land use planning coordination statutes
11 No 419,567 555,981 43.01% No Init Prohibits adding fluorides to water systems
12 No 333,933 525,868 38.84% No Init Repeals intergovernmental cooperation, planning district statutes

1977[edit]

May 1977 Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 112,570 252,061 30.87% Yes LEG School operating levy measure
2 YES 200,270 158,436 55.83% Yes LEG Authorizes additional veterans' fund uses
3 YES 250,783 106,953 70.10% Yes LEG Increases Veterans' loan bonding authority
1977 Special Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 124,484 118,953 51.14% Yes LEG Water development loan fund created
2 No 105,219 137,693 43.32% Yes LEG Development of nonnuclear energy resources

1978[edit]

May 1978 [18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 306,506 156,623 66.18% Yes LEG Home rule county initiative-referendum requirements
2 YES 435,338 80,176 84.45% Yes LEG Open meetings rules for legislature
3 YES 291,778 250,810 53.78% Yes LEG Housing for low income elderly
4 No 148,822 351,843 29.72% Yes LEG Domestic water fund created
5 No 190,301 365,170 34.26% No LEG Highway repair priority, gas tax increase
6 YES 110,600 91,090 54.84% No LEG Reorganizes metropolitan service district, abolishes CRAG
1978 General Election[18]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 358,504 449,132 44.39% Yes LEG Appellate judge selection, running on record
2 YES 468,458 349,604 57.26% Yes LEG Authorizes senate confirmation of governor's appointments
3 No 208,722 673,802 23.65% No Ref Vehicle and fee increase referendum
4 No 375,587 471,027 44.36% No Init Shortens formation procedures for people's utility districts
5 YES 704,480 201,463 77.76% No Init Authorizes, regulates practice of denture technology
6 No 424,029 453,741 48.31% Yes Init Limitations on ad valorem property taxes
7 No 431,577 461,542 48.32% Yes Init Prohibits state expenditures, programs or services for abortion
8 YES 573,707 318,610 64.29% No Init Requires death penalty for murder under specified conditions
9 YES 589,361 267,132 68.81% No Init Limitations of public utility rate base
10 No 334,523 515,138 39.37% Yes Init Land use planning, zoning constitutional amendment
11 No 383,532 467,765 45.05% Yes LEG Reduces property tax payable by homeowner and renter
12 YES 641,862 134,758 82.65% No LEG Support of federal constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget

1980s[edit]

May 1980 Special Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 451,695 257,230 63.72% Yes LEG Limits uses of gasoline and highway user taxes
2 No 325,030 384,346 45.82% Yes LEG Amends liquor by the drink
3 YES 394,466 278,125 58.65% Yes LEG State bonds for small-scale local energy project loan fund
4 YES 574,148 130,452 81.49% Yes LEG Veterans' home and farm loan eligibility changes
5 YES 636,565 64,979 90.74% No LEG Continues tax reduction program
6 YES 536,002 138,675 79.45% Yes LEG Definition of multifamily low income elderly housing
1980 General Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 291,142 820,892 26.18% Yes LEG Repeal constitutional provision requiring elected superintendent of public instruction
2 YES 678,573 455,020 59.86% Yes LEG Guarantees mentally handicapped voting rights, unless adjudged incompetent to vote
3 YES 594,520 500,586 54.29% Yes LEG Dedicates oil, natural gas taxes to common school fund
4 No 298,421 849,745 25.99% No LEG Increases gas tax from seven to nine cents per gallon
5 No 425,890 728,173 36.90% No Init Forbids use, sale of snare, leghold traps for most purposes
6 No 416,029 711,617 36.89% Yes Init Real property tax limit preserving 85% Districts' 1977 revenue
7 YES 608,412 535,049 53.21% No Init Nuclear plant licensing requires voter approval, waste disposal facility existence
8 No 523,955 551,383 48.72% Yes LEG State bonds for fund to finance correctional facilities

1982[edit]

May 1982 Special Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 333,656 267,137 55.54% Yes LEG Use of state bond proceeds to finance municipal water projects
2 YES 389,820 229,049 62.99% Yes LEG Multifamily housing for elderly and disabled persons
3 No 281,548 333,476 45.78% Yes LEG State bonds to fund corrections facilities
4 No 308,574 323,268 48.84% No LEG Raises taxes on commercial vehicles, motor vehicles fuels for roads
5 No 159,811 453,415 26.06% No LEG Governor to appoint chief justice of Oregon Supreme Court
1982 General Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 219,034 768,150 22.19% Yes LEG Increases tax base when new property construction increases district's value
2 No 385,672 604,864 38.94% Yes LEG Lengthens Governor's time for postsession veto or approval of bills
3 No 504,836 515,626 49.47% Yes Init Real property tax limit preserving 85% districts' 1979 revenue
4 No 440,824 597,970 42.44% No Init Permits self-service dispensing of motor vehicle fuel at retail
5 YES 623,089 387,907 61.63% n/a Init People of Oregon urge mutual freeze on nuclear weapons development
6 No 461,271 565,056 44.94% No Init Ends state's land use planning powers, retains local planning

1984[edit]

May 1984 Special Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 332,175 365,571 47.61% Yes LEG State may borrow and lend money for public works projects
2 No 234,060 487,457 32.44% No LEG Increases fees for licensing and registration of motor vehicles
1984 General Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 664464 470139 58.56% Yes LEG Change minimum requirements for recall of public officers
2 No 599424 616252 49.31% Yes LEG Real property tax limit
3 YES 637968 556826 53.40% No Init Create Citizens' Utility Board
4 YES 794441 412341 65.83% Yes Init Establish state lottery, commission, profits for economic development
5 YES 786933 399231 66.34% No Init Provisions for state operated lottery if authorized
6 YES 653009 521687 55.59% Yes Init Exempts death sentences from constitutional guarantees against cruel, vindictive punishments
7 YES 893818 295988 75.12% No Init Requires by statute death or mandatory imprisonment for aggravated murder
8 No 552410 597964 48.02% No Init Revises numerous criminal laws concerning police powers, trials, evidence, sentencing
9 YES 655973 524214 55.58% No Init Adds requirements for disposing wastes containing naturally occurring radioactive isotopes

1985[edit]

1985 September special election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 No 189,733 664,365 22.21% Yes LEG Allow 5% sales tax for local education

1986[edit]

1986 May Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 534,476 118,766 81.82% Yes LEG Bans Income Tax on Social Security Benefits
2 YES 333,277 230,886 59.07% Yes LEG Effect on Merger of Taxing Units on Tax Base
3 YES 460,148 132,101 77.70% Yes LEG Verification of Signatures on Initiative and Referendum Petitions
4 YES 343,005 269,305 56.02% Yes LEG Requires Special Election for US Senator Vacancy, Removes Constitutional Provision
5 No 300,674 330,429 47.64% Yes LEG $96 Million Bonds for State-County Prison Buildings
1986 General Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 771,959 265,999 74.37% Yes LEG Deletes Constitutional Requirement that Secretary of State Live in Salem
2 YES 637,410 291,355 68.63% Yes LEG Revises Legislative District Reapportionment Procedures After Federal Census
3 YES 736,739 302,957 70.86% Yes LEG Allows Charitable, Fraternal, Religious Organizations to Conduct Raffles
4 YES 724,577 297,973 70.86% No LEG Replaces Public Utility Commissioner with Three Member Public Utility Commission
5 No 279,479 781,922 26.33% No Init Legalizes Private Possession and Growing of Marijuana for Personal Use
6 No 477,920 580,163 45.17% Yes Init Prohibits State Funding Abortions. Exception: Prevent Mother's Death
7 No 234,804 816,369 22.34% Yes Init 5% Sales Tax, Funds Schools, Reduces Property Tax
8 YES 802,099 201,918 79.89% No Init Prohibits Mandatory Local Measured Telephone Service Except Mobile Phone Service
9 No 449,548 584,396 43.48% Yes Init Limits Property Tax Rates and Assessed Value Increases
10 YES 774,766 251,509 75.49% No Init Revises Many Criminal Laws Concerning Victims' Rights, Evidence, Sentencing, Parole
11 No 381,727 639,034 37.40% Yes Init Homeowner's, Renter's Property Tax Relief Program; Sales Tax Limitation Measure
12 No 299,551 720,034 29.38% No Init State Income Tax Changes, Increased Revenue to Property Tax Relief
13 YES 693,460 343,450 66.88% Yes Init Twenty Day Pre-election Voter Registration Cutoff
14 No 375,241 674,641 35.74% No Init Prohibits Nuclear Power Plant Operation Until Permanent Waste Site Licensed
15 No 424,099 558,741 43.15% No Init Supersedes "Radioactive Waste" Definition; Changes Energy Facility Payment Procedure
16 No 400,119 590,971 40.37% No Init Phases Out Nuclear Weapons Manufactured With Tax Credits, Civil Penalty

1987[edit]

1987 May Election
Measure results[20]
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] description
1 YES 299,581 100,854 74.81% No LEG State role in selecting nuclear waste repository
2 YES 223,417 178,839 55.54% Yes LEG Continue existing tax base levies to prevent school closures

1988[edit]

May 17, 1988 primary election

Meas. num. Measure Yes No
1 Authorizes Water Development Fund Loans for Fish Protection, Watershed Restoration—L1 *485,629 191,008
2 Protective Headgear for Motorcycle Operators and Passengers and Moped Riders—L2 *486,401 224,655

November 8, 1988 general election[21]

Meas. num. Measure Yes No
1 Extends Governor's Veto Deadline After Legislature Adjourns; Requires Prior Announcement—L1 *615,012 520,939
2 Common School Fund Investments; Using Income for State Lands Management—L1 *621,894 510,694
3 Requires the Use of Safety Belts—L2 528,324 684,747
4 Requires Full Sentences Without Parole, Probation for Certain Repeat Felonies—I2 *947,805 252,985
5 Finances Intercollegiate Athletic Fund by Increasing Malt Beverage, Cigarette Taxes—I2 449,797 759,360
6 Indoor Clean Air Law Revisions Banning Public Smoking—I2 430,147 737,779
7 Oregon Scenic Waterway System—I2 added almost 500 miles of protected waterways to the Oregon Scenic Waterways System (which was formed through an initiative passed in 1970, the original Oregon Scenic Waterways Act). The measure passed 663,604 votes to 516,998 votes. The chief petitioners were Ray Atkeson, Harry Lonsdale and Roy Bowden. *663,604 516,998
8 Revokes Ban on Sexual Orientation Discrimination in State Executive Branch—I2 *626,751 561,355

1989[edit]

May 16 Special Election

Meas
num
passed? Yes No  % Const
Amd
type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 183,818 263,283 41.1 YES LEG Establishes New Tax Base Limits on Schools

June 27 Special Election

Meas
num
passed?
Yes No  % Const
Amd
type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
1 YES 340506 141649 70.6 YES LEG Removes Constitutional Limitation on Use of Property Forfeited To State
2 YES 446151 48558 90.2 YES LEG Prohibits Selling/Exporting Timber from State Lands Unless Oregon Processed

1990s[edit]

1990[edit]

May[edit]

1990 PRIMARY ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7] Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 294099 324458 47.5 YES LEG Permits Using Local Vehicle Taxes for Transit if Voters Approve
2 YES 352922 248123 58.7 YES LEG Allows Pollution Control Bond Use for Related Activities
3 NO 294664 299831 49.6 YES LEG Requires Annual Legislative Sessions of Limited Duration
4 NO 4234 4745 47.2 NO LEG Amends Laws on Organization of International Port of Coos Bay
5A YES 462090 140747 76.7 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Changing the School Finance System
5B NO 177964 408842 30.3 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Income Tax Increase Reducing Homeowner School Property Taxes
5C NO 128642 449725 22.2 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Income Tax Increase Eliminating Homeowner School Property Taxes
5D NO 202367 385820 34.4 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Sales Tax Reducing School Property Taxes
5E NO 222611 374466 37.3 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Sales Tax Eliminating School Property Taxes

November[edit]

1990 GENERAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7] Ballot Title - and notes
1 YES 510947 491170 51 YES LEG Grants Metropolitan Service District Electors Right to Home Rule
2 YES 680463 354288 65.8 YES LEG Allows Merged School Districts to Combine Tax Bases
3 NO 406372 617586 39.7 N/A REF Repeals Tax Exemption, Grants Additional Benefit Payments for PERS Retirees
4 NO 446795 660992 40.3 NO INIT Prohibits Trojan Operation Until Nuclear Waste, Cost, Earthquake Standards Met – one of several measures aiming to close Trojan
5 YES 574833 522022 52.4 YES INIT Limit on Property Taxes for Schools, Government Operations landmark tax law, limited property taxes and moved school funding from local to state control. Follow up measures 47 (1996) and 50 (1997) addressed property taxes as well.
6 NO 467418 636804 42.3 NO INIT Product Packaging Must Meet Recycling Standards or Receive Hardship Waiver
7 YES 624744 452853 58 NO INIT Six-County Work in Lieu of Welfare Benefits Pilot Program
8 NO 355963 747599 32.3 YES INIT Prohibit Abortion With Three Exceptions
9 YES 598460 512872 53.9 NO INIT Requires the Use of Safety Belts
10 NO 530851 577806 47.9 NO INIT Doctor Must Give Parent Notice Before Minor's Abortion
11 NO 351977 741863 32.2 YES INIT School Choice System, Tax Credit for Education Outside Public Schools

1992[edit]

May[edit]

1992 PRIMARY ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7] Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 244,173 451,715 35.1 YES LEG Future Fuel Taxes May Go to Police

November[edit]

1992 GENERAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed?
YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
votes
Const.
Amd.
Type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 653,062 786,017 45.4 YES LEG Bonds May be Issued for State Parks
2 NO 399,259 1,039,322 27.8 YES LEG Future Fuel Taxes May Go to Parks
3 YES 1,003,706 439,694 69.5 YES INIT Limits Terms for Legislature, Statewide Offices, Congressional Offices - established term limits for state and federal elected positions. Federal provisions overturned in 1995, state provisions overturned in 2002.
4 NO 567,467 896,778 38.8 NO INIT Bans Operation of Triple Truck-Trailer Combinations on Oregon Highways
5 NO 585,051 874,636 40.1 NO INIT Closes Trojan Until Nuclear Waste, Cost, Earthquake, Health Conditions Met - Measures 5 and 6, aiming to close Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, defeated; PGE spent $5 million opposing, a record high expenditure not exceeded until 2007.
6 NO 619,329 830,850 42.7 NO INIT Bans Trojan Power Operation Unless Earthquake, Waste Storage Conditions Met - see above
7 NO 362,621 1,077,206 25.2 YES INIT Raises Tax Limit on Certain Property; Residential Renters' Tax Relief
8 NO 576,633 828,096 41 NO INIT Restricts Lower Columbia Fish Harvests to Most Selective Means Available
9 NO 638,527 828,290 43.5 YES INIT Government Cannot Facilitate, Must Discourage Homosexuality, Other "Behaviors"

1993[edit]

June[edit]

1993 SPECIAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
Const.
Amd.
Type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 180,070 482,714 27.2 NO LEG Allows Voter Approval of Urban Renewal Bond Repayment Outside Limit

November[edit]

1993 SPECIAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 240,991 721,930 25.0 NO LEG Should We Pass A 5% Sales Tax for Public Schools with these Restrictions?

1994[edit]

May[edit]

1994 PRIMARY ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
2 NO 158028 446665 26.1 NO LEG Allows New Motor Vehicle Fuel Revenues for Dedicated Purposes

November[edit]

1994 NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed?
YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
votes
Const.
Amd.
Type[7]
Ballot Title - and notes
3 YES 776197 382126 67.0 YES LEG Changes Deadline for Filling Vacancies at General Election
4 YES 1055111 145499 87.9 YES LEG Creates Vacancy if State Legislator Convicted of Felony
5 NO 543302 671025 44.7 YES INIT Bars New or Increased Taxes without Voter Approval
6 YES 628180 555019 53.1 YES INIT Candidates May Use Only Contributions from District Residents (struck down as unconstitutional in Federal court[22])
7 NO 512980 671021 43.3 YES INIT Guarantees Equal Protection: Lists Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination
8 YES 611760 610776 50.0 YES INIT Public Employees Pay Part of Salary for Pension – required public employees to contribute 6% of their salary to their pension, overturned in 1996 by the courts in Oregon State Police Officers' Ass'n v. State.[23]
9 YES 851014 324224 72.4 NO INIT Adopts Contribution and Spending Limits, Other Campaign Finance Law Changes. Limited contributions to $100 for legislative candidates, $500 for statewide candidates.[24] Most provisions struck down by Oregon Supreme Court in February 1997.[25]
10 YES 763507 415678 64.7 YES INIT Legislature Cannot Reduce Voter-Approved Sentence Without 2/3 Vote
11 YES 788695 412816 65.6 NO INIT Mandatory Sentences for Listed Felonies; Covers Persons 15 and Up — established mandatory minimum sentences for certain violent felonies, required adult trials and sentencing for those felonies for defendants over age 15.
12 NO 450553 731146 38.1 NO INIT Repeals Prevailing Rate Wage Requirement for Workers on Public Works
13 NO 592746 630628 48.5 YES INIT Governments Cannot Approve, Create Classifications Based on, Homosexuality — also known as the "Minority Status and Child Protection Act", would have restricted public library access to materials dealing with homosexuality. (see also Oregon Ballot Measure 9 (1992).)
14 NO 500005 679936 42.4 YES INIT Amends Chemical Process Mining Laws: Adds Requirements, Prohibitions, Standards, Fees
15 NO 438018 760853 36.5 YES INIT State Must Maintain Funding for Schools, Community Colleges
16 YES 627980 596018 51.3 NO INIT Allows Terminally Ill Adults to Obtain Prescription for Lethal Drugs — legalized doctor-assisted suicide. (aka "Death with Dignity Act")
17 YES 859896 350541 71.0 YES INIT Requires State Prison Inmates to Work Full Time
18 YES 629527 586026 51.8 NO INIT Bans Hunting Bears with Bait, Hunting Bears, Cougars with Dogs
19 NO 549754 652139 45.7 YES INIT No Free Speech Protection for Obscenity, Child Pornography — would have amended state constitution to exempt obscenity from the state constitution's free speech protections.
20 NO 284195 898416 24.0 YES INIT Equal Tax on Trade Replaces Current Taxes

NOTE: Detailed information about elections from 1995 to the present, including ballot measure text, sponsorship, and arguments for and against, may be found at the Oregon Secretary of State's web site.[26]

1995[edit]

May[edit]

May 1995 Special Election
Measure results[20]
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
21 YES 671,027 99,728 87.06% YES LEG Dedicates portion of lottery funds to education
22 YES 709,931 45,311 94.00% YES LEG Inhabitancy in state legislative districts

1996[edit]

May[edit]

1996 PRIMARY ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7] Ballot Title - and notes
23 YES 466,580 177,218 72.47% YES LEG Increases Minimum Value in Controversy Required to Obtain Jury Trial
24 NO 279,399 360,592 43.66% YES LEG Initiative Petition Signatures Must Be Collected From Each Congressional District
25 YES 349,918 289,930 54.69% YES LEG Requires 3/5 Majority in Legislature to Pass Revenue-Raising Bills

November[edit]

November 5 General Election

1996 GENERAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type[7] Ballot Title – and notes
26 YES 878,677 440,283 66.62% YES LEG Changes the Principles that Govern Laws for Punishment of Crime
27 NO 349,050 938,819 27.1% YES LEG Grants Legislature New Power Over Both New, Existing Administrative Rules
28 YES 708,341 593,136 54.43% YES LEG Repeals Certain Residency Requirements for State Veterans' Loans
29 NO 335,057 958,947 25.89% YES LEG Governor's Appointees Must Vacate Office If Successor Not Timely Confirmed
30 YES 731,127 566,168 56.36% YES LEG State Must Pay Local Governments Costs of State-Mandated Programs
31 NO 630,980 706,974 47.16% YES LEG Obscenity May Receive No Greater Protection Than Under Federal Constitution
32 NO 622,764 704,970 46.9 NO REF Authorizes Bonds for Portland Region Light Rail, Transportation Projects Elsewhere
33 NO 638,824 652,811 49.46% YES INIT Limits Legislative Change to Statutes Passed by Voters
34 NO 570,803 762,979 42.8% NO INIT Wildlife Management Exclusive to Commission; Repeals1994 Bear/Cougar Initiative
35 NO 441,108 807,987 35.31% NO INIT Restricts Bases for Providers to Receive Pay for Health Care
36 YES 769,725 584,303 56.85% NO INIT Increases Minimum Hourly Wage to $6.50 Over Three Years
37 NO 540,645 818,336 39.78% NO INIT Broadens Types of Beverage Containers Requiring Deposit and Refund Value
38 NO 479,921 852,661 36.01% NO INIT Prohibits Livestock in Certain Polluted Waters or on Adjacent Lands
39 NO 569,037 726,824 43.91% YES INIT Government, Private Entities Cannot Discriminate Among Health Care Provider Categories
40 YES 778,574 544,301 58.85% YES INIT Gives Crime Victims Rights, Expands Admissible Evidence, Limits Pretrial Release – passed, but nullified by the Oregon Supreme Court for affecting multiple portions of the constitution. Spawned multiple measures in 1999.
41 NO 446,115 838,088 34.74% YES INIT States How Public Employee Earnings Must Be Expressed
42 NO 460,553 857,878 34.93% YES INIT Requires Testing of Public School Students; Public Report
43 NO 547,131 707,586 43.61% NO INIT Amends Collective Bargaining Law for Public Safety Employees
44 YES 759,048 598,543 55.91% NO INIT Increases, Adds Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes; Changes Tax Revenue Distribution – increased cigarette tax by 30 cents per pack
45 NO 458,238 866,461 34.59% YES INIT Raises Public Employees' Normal Retirement Age; Reduces Benefits
46 NO 158,555 1,180,148 11.84% YES INIT Counts Non-Voters As "No" Votes on Tax Measures
47 YES 704,554 642,613 52.3% YES INIT Reduces and Limits Property Taxes; Limits Local Revenues, Replacement Fees – limited property taxes, required double-majority for some local tax increases.
48 NO 624,771 671,095 48.21% YES INIT Instructs State, Federal Legislators to Vote for Congressional Term Limits

1997[edit]

May[edit]

1997 SPECIAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const.
Amd.
Type
[7]
Ballot Title – and notes
49 YES 699,813 70,940 90.8% YES LEG Restricts Inmate Lawsuits; Allows Interstate Shipment of Prison Made Products
50 YES 429,943 341,781 55.71% YES LEG Limits Assessed Value of Property for Tax Purposes; Limits Property Tax Rates – replaced Measure 47 (1996)

November[edit]

1997 GENERAL ELECTION
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
 %
YES
Const
Amd.
Type
[7]
Ballot Title – and notes
51 NO 445,830 666,275 40.09% NO LEG Repeals Law Allowing Terminally Ill Adults To Obtain Lethal Prescription – would have repealed Oregon Death with Dignity Act
52 YES 805,742 293,425 73.3% NO LEG Authorizes State Lottery Bond Program To Finance Public School Projects

1998[edit]

May[edit]

1998 PRIMARY ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[27] and official results[28] available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7]
Ballot Title
53 NO 303,539 319,871 48.69% YES LEG Eliminates Voter Turnout Requirement For Passing Certain Property Tax Measures.[29]Would have eliminated double majority requirement established by Measures 47 and 50.

November[edit]

1998 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[30] and official results[31] available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7]
Ballot Title
54 YES 569,982 474,727 54.56% YES LEG Authorizes State To Guarantee Bonded Indebtedness Of Certain Education Districts.[32]
55 NO 456,464 579,251 44.07% YES LEG Permits State To Guarantee Earnings On Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund.[33]
56 YES 874,547 212,737 80.43% NO LEG Expands Notice To Landowners Regarding Changes To Land Use Laws.[34]
57 NO 371,967 736,968 33.54% NO REF Makes Possession Of Limited Amount Of Marijuana Class C Misdemeanor.[35]
58 YES 621,832 462,084 57.37% NO INIT Requires Issuing Copy Of Original Oregon Birth Certificate to Adoptees.[36]Allowed adoptees access to original births certificates (and hence, previously secret information about their birth parents).
59 NO 539,757 561,952 48.99% YES INIT Prohibits Using Public Resources To Collect Money For Political Purposes.[37]
60 YES 757,204 334,021 69.39% NO INIT Requires Vote By Mail In Biennial Primary, General Elections.[38]
61 NO


NO INIT Changes Minimum Sentences for Listed Crimes, Including Certain Repeate Offenses.[39] "Vote not tallied by court order."
62 YES 721,448 347,112 67.52% YES INIT Requires Campaign Finance Disclosures; Regulates Signature Gathering; Guarantees Contribution Methods.[40]
63 YES 566,064 457,762 67.52% YES INIT Measures Proposing Supermajority Voting Requirements Require Same Supermajority For Passage.[41]
64 NO 215,491 897,535 19.36% NO INIT Prohibits Many Present Timber Harvest Practices, Imposes More Restrictive Regulations.[42]
65 NO 483,811 533,948 47.54% YES INIT Creates Process For Requiring Legislature To Review Administrative Rules.[43] Sought to restrict Legislature's ability to regulate land use.
66 YES 742,038 362,247 67.20% YES INIT Dedicates Some Lottery Funding To Parks, Beaches; Habitat, Watershed Protection.[44]
67 YES 611,190 508,263 54.60% NO INIT Allows Medical Use Of Marijuana Within Limits; Establishes Permit System.[45] Legalized medical marijuana.

1999[edit]

November[edit]

1999 SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[46] and official results[47] available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7]
Ballot Title
68 YES 406,526 289,407 58.41% YES LEG Allows Protecting Business, Certain Government Programs From Prison Work Programs.[48]
69 YES 406,393 292,419 58.15% YES LEG Grants Victims Constitutional Rights In Criminal Prosecutions, Juvenile Court Delinquency Proceedings.[49]
70 NO 289,783 407,429 41.56% YES LEG Gives Public, Through Prosecutor, Right To Demand Jury Trial In Criminal Cases.[50]
71 YES 404,404 292,696 58.01% YES LEG Limits Pretrial Release Of Accused Person To Protect Victims, Public.[51]
72 NO 316,351 382,685 45.26% YES LEG Allows Murder Conviction By 11 To 1 Jury Verdict.[52]
73 NO 320,160 369,843 46.40% YES LEG Limits Immunity From Criminal Prosecution Of Person Ordered To Testify About His Or Her Conduct.[53]
74 YES 368,899 325,078 53.16% YES LEG Requires Terms Of Imprisonment Announced In Court Be Fully Served, With Exceptions.[54]
75 YES 399,671 292,445 57.75% YES LEG Persons Convicted Of Certain Crimes Cannot Serve On Grand Juries, Criminal Trial Juries.[55]
76 YES 372,613 314,351 54.24% YES LEG Requires Light, Heavy Motor Vehicle Classes Proportionately Share Highway Costs.[56]

2000s[edit]

2000[edit]

May[edit]

2000 PRIMARY ELECTION
Detailed information about Measures 77-82[57] and election results[58] available at the Secretary of State's web site.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
77 NO 336,253 432,541 43.74% YES LEG Makes Certain Local Taxing Districts' Temporary Property Tax Authority Permanent
78 YES 528,129 327,440 61.73% YES LEG Lengthens Period For Verifying Signatures On Initiative And Referendum Petitions
79 NO 356,912 505,081 41.41% YES LEG Increases Signatures Required To Place Initiative Amending Constitution On Ballot
80 NO 310,640 559,941 35.68% YES LEG Authorizes Using Fuel Tax, Vehicle Fees For Increasing Highway Policing
81 NO 219,009 650,348 25.19% YES LEG Allows Legislature To Limit Recovery Of Damages In Civil Actions
82 NO 109,741 767,329 12.51% NO REF Repeals Truck Weight—Mile Tax; Establishes And Increases Fuel Taxes

November[edit]

2000 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information about Measures 83-99 and 1-9[59] and election results[60] available at the Secretary of State's web site.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
83 YES 1,084,870 365,203 74.81% YES LEG Authorizes New Standards, Priorities For Veterans' Loans; Expands Qualified Recipients
84 YES 1,211,384 222,723 84.47% YES LEG State Must Continue Paying Local Governments For State—Mandated Programs
85 NO 634,307 767,366 45.25% YES LEG Modifies Population, Minimum Area Requirements For Formation Of New Counties
86 YES 898,793 550,304 38.28% YES LEG Requires Refunding General Fund Revenues Exceeding State Estimates To Taxpayers - mandated kicker checks in the state Constitution. (Previous kicker law was a statute.) explanation of measure
87 NO 694,410 771,901 47.36% YES LEG Allows Regulation Of Location Of sexually oriented businesses Through Zoning
88 YES 739,270 724,097 50.52% NO LEG Increases Maximum Deductible In Oregon For Federal Income Taxes Paid
89 NO 622,814 828,117 42.93% NO LEG Dedicates Tobacco Settlement Proceeds To Specified Health, Housing, Transportation Programs
90 NO 158,810 1,208,545 11.61% NO REF Authorizes Rates Giving Utilities Return On Investments In Retired Property
91 NO 661,342 814,885 44.80% YES INIT Makes Federal Income Taxes Fully Deductible On Oregon Tax Returns
92 NO 656,250 815,338 44.59% YES INIT Prohibits Payroll Deductions For Political Purposes Without Specific Written Authorization
93 NO 581,186 865,091 40.18% YES INIT Voters Must Approve Most Taxes, Fees; Requires Certain Approval Percentage
94 NO 387,068 1,073,275 26.51% NO INIT Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Certain Felonies, Requires Resentencing - would have repealed 1994's Measure 11.
95 NO 514,926 962,250 34.86% YES INIT Student Learning Determines Teacher Pay; Qualifications, Not Seniority, Determine Retention
96 NO 527,613 866,588 37.84% YES INIT Prohibits Making Initiative Process Harder, Except Through Initiative; Applies Retroactively
97 NO 606,939 867,219 41.17% NO INIT Bans Body—Gripping Animal Traps, Some Poisons; Restricts Fur Commerce
98 NO 678,024 776,489 46.61% YES INIT Prohibits Using Public Resources For Political Purposes; Limits Payroll Deductions
99 YES 911,217 539,414 62.82% YES INIT Creates Commission Ensuring Quality Home Care Services For Elderly, Disabled
1 YES 940,223 477,461 66.32% YES INIT Legislature Must Fund School Quality Goals Adequately; Report; Establish Grants
2 NO 605,575 779,190 43.73% YES INIT Creates Process For Requiring Legislature To Review Administrative Rules - sought to restrict Legislature's ability to regulate land use
3 YES 952,792 465,081 67.20% YES INIT Requires Conviction Before Forfeiture; Restricts Proceeds Usage; Requires Reporting, Penalty. prohibited forfeiture without conviction.
4 NO 650,850 789,543 45.19% NO INIT Dedicates Tobacco-Settlement Proceeds; Earnings Fund Low-Income Health Care
5 YES 921,926 569,996 61.79% NO INIT Expands Circumstances Requiring Background Checks Before Transfer Of Firearm
6 NO 586,910 838,011 41.19% NO INIT Provides Public Funding To Candidates Who Limit Spending, Private Contributions
7 YES not published 53%[61] YES INIT Requires Payment To Landowner If Government Regulation Reduces Property Value. precursor to Oregon Ballot Measure 37 (2004); restricted land use regulation, but was struck down by the Oregon Supreme Court.[62]
8 NO 608,090 789,699 43.50% YES INIT Limits State Appropriations To Percentage Of State's Prior Personal Income. would have capped state spending
9 NO 702,572 788,691 47.11% NO INIT Prohibits Public School Instruction Encouraging, Promoting, Sanctioning Homosexual, Bisexual Behaviors. would have prohibited "encouragement" of homosexuality by public schools.

2002[edit]

May[edit]

2002 PRIMARY ELECTION
Detailed information for 2002 Primary measures (10, 11, and 13)[63] and official results[64] available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
10 YES 608,640 177,004 77.47% YES LEG Allows Public Universities to Receive Equity in Private Companies as Compensation for Publicly Created Technology
11 YES 589,869 190,226 75.62% YES LEG Authorizes Less Expensive General Obligation Bond financing for OHSU Medical Research and other Capital Costs
12 — Scaled-down version of Measure 13 referred by Legislature. Removed from ballot per a Marion County judge's order.[65]
13 NO 376,605 411,923 47.76% YES LEG Authorizes Using Education Fund Principal In Specified Circumstances; Transfers $220 Million to School Fund - Referred to as "rainy day fund" in media.[65]

September[edit]

2002 SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information for measures [66] and official results[64] available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
19 YES 496,815 306,440 61.85% YES LEG Authorizes Using Education Stability Fund Principal in Specified Circumstances; Transfers $150 to State School Fund; Creates School Capital Matching Matching Subaccount in Stability Funding - similar to Measure 13, but transferred less money.
20 YES 522,613 289,119 64.38% NO LEG Increases Cigarette Tax; Uses Revenue for Health Plan, Other Programs

November[edit]

General Election: Detailed information on Measures 14-18 and 21-27,[67] and official election results[68] available at the Secretary of State's web site.

2002 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[69] and official election results[70] available at the Secretary of State's web site.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
14 YES 867,901 352,027 71.14% YES LEG Removes Historical Racial References in Obsolete Sections of Constitution, Article VII (Original), Article XVIII
15 YES 671,640 535,638 55.63% YES LEG Authorizes State to Issue General Obligation Bonds for Seismic Rehabilitation of Public Education Buildings (Defined)
16 YES 669,451 530,587 55.79% YES LEG Authorizes State to Issue General Obligation Bonds for Seismic Rehabilitation of Emergency Services Buildings (Defined)
17 NO 341,717 910,331 27.29% YES LEG Reduces Minimum Age Requirement to Serve as State Legislator from 21 Years to 18 Years
18 NO 450,444 704,116 39.01% YES LEG Allows Certain Tax Districts to Establish Permanent Property Tax Rates and Divide into Tax Zones
21 NO 526,450 668,256 44.07% YES INIT Revises Procedure for Filling Judicial Vacancies, Electing Judges; Allows Vote for "None of the Above"
22 NO 595,936 610,063 49.41% YES INIT Requires Supreme Court Judges and Court of Appeals Judges to be Elected by District
23 NO 265,310 969,537 21.49% NO INIT Creates Health Care Finance Plan for Medically Necessary Services; Creates Additional Income, Payroll Taxes - would have established universal health care in Oregon.
24 YES 907,979 286,492 76.02% NO INIT Allows Licensed Denturists to Install Partial Dentures; Authorizes Cooperative Dentist—Denturist Business Ventures
25 YES 645,016 611,658 51.33% NO INIT Increases Oregon Minimum Wage to $6.95 in 2003; Increases for Inflation in Future Years - tied it to the consumer price index.
26 YES 921,606 301,415 75.35% YES INIT Prohibits Payment, Receipts of Payment Based on the Number of Initiative, Referendum Signatures
27 NO 371,851 886,806 29.54% NO LEG Requires Labeling of Genetically engineered Foods (as Defined) Sold or Distributed in or from Oregon. Opponents spent $5.5 million, tying an Oregon spending record.[71]

2003[edit]

January[edit]

2003 JANUARY SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on Measure 28[72] and election results[73] at the Oregon Secretary of State's site.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title - and notes
28 NO 575,846 676,312 45.99% NO LEG Temporarily Increases Income Tax Rates - would have created a temporary (3-year) 1% income tax increase to balance state budgets.

September[edit]

2003 SEPTEMBER SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on Measure 29[74] and election results[75] at the Oregon Secretary of State's site.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
29 YES 360,209 291,778 55.25% YES LEG Authorizes State of Oregon to Incur General Obligation Debt for Savings on Pension Liabilities.

2004[edit]

February[edit]

2004 SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on Measure 30[76] and official results[77] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
30 NO 481,315 691,462 41.04% NO REF Enacts Temporary Personal Income Tax Surcharge; Increases, Changes Corporate, Other Taxes; Avoids Specific Budget Cuts.

November[edit]

In the fall election, Measure 36 (outlawing gay marriage) dominated public attention: 81,667 (or 4.7%) more votes were cast on Measure 36 than the average of all other measures on the ballot. Measure 37 (restricting land use regulation) was contentious before the election, and became more controversial after the fact, as state and local governments attempted to implement it.

Two other measures passed in 2004, both referred by the Legislature for the General Election, and neither one drawing any opposition in the Voters' Pamphlet. Measure 31 made it possible to postpone certain elections in the event of a candidate's death, and Measure 32 changed the way revenue from mobile home taxes is handled.[78]

2004 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information about the measures[79][80] and official results[81] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type Ballot Title
31 YES 1,122,852 588,502 65.61% YES LEG Authorizes Law Permitting Postponement of Election for Particular Public Office when Nominee for Office Dies.
32 YES 1,048,090 661,576 61.30% YES LEG Deletes Reference to Mobile Homes from Provision Dealing with Taxes and Fees on Motor Vehicles.
33 NO 764,015 1,021,814 42.78% NO INIT Amends Medical Marijuana Act: Requires Dispensaries for Supplying Patients/Caregivers; Raises Patients' Possession Limit.
34 NO 659,467 1,060,496 38.34% NO INIT Requires Balancing Timber Production, Resource Conservation/Preservation in Managing State Forests; Specifically Addresses Two Forests.
35 NO 869,054 896,857 49.98% YES INIT Limits Noneconomic Damages (defined) Recoverable for Patient Injuries Caused by Healthcare Provider's Negligence or Recklessness.
36 YES 1,028,546 787,556 56.63% YES INIT Only Marriage Between One Man and One Woman is Valid or Legally Recognized as Marriage.
37 YES 1,054,589 685,079 60.62% NO INIT Governments Must Pay Owners, or Forgo Enforcement, When Certain Land Use Restrictions Reduce Property Value.
38 NO 670,935 1,037,722 39.27% NO INIT Abolishes SAIF; State Must Reinsure, Satisfy SAIF's Obligations; Dedicates Proceeds, Potential Surplus to Public Purposes.

2006[edit]

In 2006, voters considered 11 statewide ballot measures. All were placed on the ballot by initiative.

Nearly all the measures were defeated. Measures extending prescription drug pricing benefits (Measure 44) and restricting the government's power of eminent domain (39) were the only ones that passed without qualification; a campaign finance reform system (47) passed as well, but a companion measure (46) that would have provided necessary constitutional support for it failed.[82]

Out-of-state interests spent millions of dollars supporting—and in one significant case, opposing—Oregon ballot measures. None of these big-money measures passed; in fact, Measures 39 and 44 passed without drawing any organized opposition.[83]

Unsuccessful measures[edit]

Measures 41 and 48 aimed to restrict the amount of money the State government could raise and spend, respectively. They were both mostly funded by the Taxpayers Association of Oregon, which in turn received nearly all its funding from Illinois-based Americans for Limited Government. Opposition to these two measures was paired as well, spending $1.9 million to defeat the two measures.[83]

Measure 42 was promoted by conservative ballot measure activist Bill Sizemore. Sizemore broke with his custom by promoting a consumer-oriented bill, which would have outlawed the use of credit data in determining insurance premiums. Opponents of the measure spent over $3.7 million (nearly all of which came from out of state), defeating the measure. Their advertising focused heavily on Sizemore's credibility. Sizemore did not run an active campaign promoting the measure. He and his longtime political ally Loren Parks were the only people to submit arguments in favor for the Voters' Guide.[84]

Measure 45, almost entirely financed by $1.2 million from Illinois-based U.S. Term Limits, would have established strict term limits in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Term limits had previously been in place in the late 1990s, but the prior law was declared unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court. The measure failed.

Measures 46 and 47 were presented as a single package; 46 would have amended the Constitution to allow limitations on campaign financing (heavily favoring popular vote, and requiring a 75% vote for such changes in the Legislature); and 47 detailed specific limitations. Measure 47 passed, but in the absence of the kind of Constitutional support Measure 46 would have provided, it will have no effect. The campaigns both for and against this package were funded almost entirely from Oregon sources.

Measure 40 sought to require that judges of the Oregon Supreme Court be elected by district, rather than statewide.

Measure 43 sought to require parental notification in the event of certain teenage abortions. (Two measures restricting abortion were also rejected in the 1990 general election.)

Successful measures[edit]

Measure 39, described by its proponents as a natural extension of 2004's Measure 37, restricted the governments powers of eminent domain. Measure 44 extended a state prescription drug benefit, previously only available to seniors, to cover all uninsured Oregonians.

2006 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[85] and official results[86] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
39 YES 881,820 431,844 67.13% NO INIT Prohibits Public Body from Condemning Private Real Property if Intends to Convey to Private Party - Restrict the use of Eminent Domain
40 NO 576,153 749,404 43.46% YES INIT Requires Oregon Supreme Court Judges and Court of Appeals Judges to be Elected by District.
41 NO 483,443 818,452 37.13% NO INIT Allows Income Tax Deduction Equal to Federal Exemptions Deduction to Substitute for State Exemption Credit
42 NO 479,935 876,075 35.39% NO INIT Prohibits Insurance Companies from Using Credit Score or “Credit Worthiness” in Calculating Rates or Premiums.
43 NO 616,876 746,606 45.24% NO INIT Requires 48-Hour Notice to Unemancipated Minor’s Parent Before Providing Abortion; Authorizes Lawsuits, Physician Discipline.
44 YES 1,049,594 296,649 77.96% NO INIT Allows Any Oregon Resident Without Prescription Drug Coverage to Participate in Oregon Prescription Drug Program.
45 NO 555,016 788,895 41.30% YES INIT Limits State Legislators: Six Years as Representative, Eight Years as Senator, Fourteen Years in Legislature.
46 NO 520,342 770,251 40.32% YES INIT Allows Laws Regulating Election Contributions, Expenditures Adopted by Initiative or 3/4 of Both Legislative Houses
47[87] YES 694,918 615,256 53.04% NO INIT Revises Campaign Finance Laws: Limits or Prohibits Contributions and Expenditures; Adds Disclosure, New Reporting Requirements.
48 NO 379,971 923,629 29.15% YES INIT Limits Biennial Percentage Increase in State Spending to Percentage Increase in State Population, Plus Inflation.

2007[edit]

In 2007, voters considered 2 statewide ballot measures.

2007 SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[88] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
49 YES 718,023 437,351 62.15% NO LEG Modifies Measure 37; clarifies right to build homes; limits large developments; protects farms, forest, groundwater.
50 NO 472,063 686,470 40.75% YES LEG Dedicates funds to provide healthcare for children, fund tobacco prevention, through increased tobacco tax.

2008[edit]

May[edit]

Three measures (51, 52, and 53), all legislative referrals and all constitutional amendments, were on the May 2008 primary ballot. All three passed; the first two by wide margins, and Measure 53 by a margin so narrow that it triggered an automatic recount.[89]

2008 PRIMARY ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[90] and official results[89] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
51 YES 744,195 249,143 74.92% YES LEG Enables crime victims to enforce existing constitutional rights in prosecutions, delinquency proceedings; authorizes implementing legislation.[91]
52 YES 738,092 247,738 74.87% YES LEG Enables crime victims to enforce existing constitutional rights in prosecutions, delinquency proceedings; authorizes implementing legislation.[92]
53 YES 489,592 489,042 50.03% YES LEG Modifies provisions governing civil forfeitures related to crimes; permits use of proceeds by law enforcement.[93]

November[edit]

In November 2008, voters considered eight initiatives and four legislative referrals.[94] The four referrals all passed, and the initiatives all failed.

2008 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[85] and official results[86] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
54 YES 1,194,173 450,979 72.59% YES LEG Standardizes voting eligibility for school board elections with other state and local elections
55 YES 1,251,478 364,993 77.42% YES LEG Changes operative date of redistricting plans; allows affected legislators to finish term in original district
56 YES 959,118 735,500 56.60% YES LEG Provides that May and November property tax elections are decided by majority of voters voting
57 YES 1,058,955 665,942 61.39% NO LEG Increases sentences for drug trafficking, theft against elderly and specified repeat property and identity theft crimes; requires addiction treatment for certain offenders.
58 NO 756,903 977,696 43.64% NO INIT Prohibits teaching public school student in language other than English for more than two years
59 NO 615,894 1,084,422 36.22% NO INIT Creates an unlimited deduction for federal income taxes on individual taxpayers' Oregon income-tax returns
60 NO 673,296 1,070,682 38.61% NO INIT Teacher "classroom performance," not seniority, determines pay raises; "most qualified" teachers retained, regardless of seniority
61 NO 848,901 887,165 48.90% NO INIT Creates mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain theft, identity theft, forgery, drug, and burglary crimes
62 NO 674,428 1,035,756 39.44% YES INIT Allocates 15% of lottery proceeds to public safety fund for crime prevention, investigation, prosecution
63 NO 784,376 928,721 45.79% NO INIT Exempts specified property owners from building permit requirements for improvements valued at/under 35,000 dollars
64 NO 835,563 854,327 49.44% NO INIT Penalizes person, entity for using funds collected with "public resource" (defined) for "political purpose" (defined)
65 NO 553,640 1,070,580 34.09% NO INIT Changes general election nomination processes for major/minor party, independent candidates for most partisan offices

2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

January[edit]

2010 SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[95] and official results[96] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type[7] Ballot Title
66 YES 692,687 583,707 54.27% NO REF Raises tax on household income at and above $250,000 (and $125,000 for individual filers). Reduces income taxes on unemployment benefits in 2009. Provides funds currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services.[97]
67 YES 682,720 591,188 53.59% NO REF Raises $10 corporate minimum tax, business minimum tax, corporate profits tax. Provides funds currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services.[98]

May[edit]

2010 PRIMARY ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[99] and official results[100] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
68 YES 498,073 267,052 65.10% YES LEG Allows state to issue bonds to match voter approved school district bonds for school capital costs.[101]
69 YES 546,649 216,157 71.66% YES LEG Continues and modernizes authority for lowest cost borrowing for community colleges and public universities.[102]

November[edit]

2010 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[103] and official results[104] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
70 YES 1,180,933 217,679 84.44% YES LEG Expands availability of home ownership loans for Oregon veterans through Oregon War Veterans’ Fund.[105]
71 YES 919,040 435,776 67.84% YES LEG Requires legislature to meet annually; limits length of legislative sessions; provides exceptions.[106]
72 YES 774,582 536,204 59.09% YES LEG Authorizes exception to $50,000 state borrowing limit for state’s real and personal property projects.[107]
73 YES 802,388 608,317 56.88% NO INIT Requires increased minimum sentences for certain repeated sex crimes, incarceration for repeated driving under influence.[108]
74 NO 627,016 791,186 44.21% NO INIT Establishes medical marijuana supply system and assistance and research programs; allows limited selling of marijuana.[109]
75 NO 448,162 959,342 31.84% NO INIT Authorizes Multnomah County casino; casino to contribute monthly revenue percentage to state for specified purposes.[110]
76 YES 972,825 583,707 54.27% YES INIT Continues lottery funding for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, watershed protection beyond 2014; modifies funding process.[111]

2012[edit]

November[edit]

2012 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures[112] and official results [113] available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
Meas.
Num.
Passed? YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
Type[7] Ballot Title
77 YES 957,646 673,468 58.71% YES LEG Governor may declare “catastrophic disaster” (defined); requires legislative session; authorizes suspending specified constitutional spending restrictions.[114]
78 YES 1,165,963 458,509 71.77% YES LEG Changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers; makes grammatical and spelling changes.[115]
79 YES 976,587 679,710 58.96% YES INIT Prohibits real estate transfer taxes, fees, other assessments, except those operative on December 31, 2009.[116]
80 NO 810,538 923,071 46.75% NO INIT Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale.[117]
81 NO 567,996 1,072,614 34.62% NO INIT Prohibits commercial non-tribal fishing with gillnets in Oregon “inland waters,” allows use of seine nets.[118]
82 NO 485,240 1,226,331 28.35% YES INIT Authorizes establishment of privately owned casinos; mandates percentage of revenues payable to dedicated state fund.[119]
83 NO 500,123 1,207,508 29.29% NO INIT Authorizes privately owned Wood Village casino; mandates percentage of revenues payable to dedicated state fund.[120]
84 NO 776,143 912,541 45.96% NO INIT Phases out existing inheritance taxes on large estates, and all taxes on intra-family property transfers.[121]
85 YES 1,007,112 672,586 59.96% YES INIT Allocates corporate income/excise tax “kicker” refund to additionally fund K through 12 public education.[122]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  3. ^ Article IV of the Oregon Constitution, from the Oregon Blue Book.
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  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da INITiative, LEGislative referral, or REFerendum
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  9. ^ Frank W. Benson, Secretary of State (June 1908). A Pamphlet Containing All Measures…. State of Oregon. 
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  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1916-1921". Oregon Blue Book. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
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  30. ^ 1998 General Election Online Voters' Guide
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  33. ^ Keisling, Phil (3 November 1998). "Measure 55" (Website). 1998 General Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  34. ^ Keisling, Phil (3 November 1998). "Measure 56" (Website). 1998 General Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  35. ^ Keisling, Phil (3 November 1998). "Measure 57" (Website). 1998 General Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  36. ^ Keisling, Phil (3 November 1998). "Measure 58" (Website). 1998 General Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
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  38. ^ Keisling, Phil (3 November 1998). "Measure 60" (Website). 1998 General Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
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  49. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 69" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  50. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 70" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  51. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 71" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  52. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 72" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  53. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 74" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  54. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 74" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  55. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 75" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  56. ^ Keisling, Phil (2 November 1998). "Measure 76" (Website). 1999 Special Election Online Voters' Guide. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  57. ^ 2000 Primary Election Online Voters' Guide
  58. ^ 2000 Primary Election results
  59. ^ 2000 General Election Online Voters' Guide
  60. ^ 2000 General Election results
  61. ^ Oregon Judicial Department Appellate Court Opinions
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  63. ^ 2002 Primary Online Voters' Guide
  64. ^ a b 2002 Primary election results
  65. ^ a b Law, Steve (March 22, 2002). "School fund is on thin ballot". The Statesman Journal. 
  66. ^ 2002 Special Election Online Voters' Guide
  67. ^ 2002 General Election Online Voters' Guide
  68. ^ 2002 General Election results
  69. ^ 2002 General Election Online Voters' Guide
  70. ^ 2002 General Election results
  71. ^ Cole, Michelle (November 10, 2002). "Measure 27 died in big-dollar blitz". The Oregonian. 
  72. ^ 2003 January Special Election Online Voters' Guide
  73. ^ January 2003 Special Election results
  74. ^ 2003 September Special Election Online Voters' Guide
  75. ^ September 2003 Special Election results
  76. ^ Online Voters' Guide: Measure 30
  77. ^ 2004 Special Election results
  78. ^ Willamette Week | “ELECTION 2004” | October 13, 2004
  79. ^ 2004 Online Voters' Guide
  80. ^ Ballot Measure PDFs
  81. ^ 2004 election results
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  85. ^ a b 2006 Online Voters' Guide
  86. ^ a b 2006 Election Results
  87. ^ Measure 47 will have no effect until/unless the Oregon Constitution is amended to allow such limitations, as Measure 46 would have done.
  88. ^ 2007 Online Voters' Guide
  89. ^ a b Official Results – May 20, 2008 Primary Election from the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division
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  94. ^ August 1, 2008 News Release - Assignment of Measure Numbers for 2008 General Election from the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division
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  96. ^ January 26, 2010 Special Election Results
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  98. ^ Brown, Kate (26 January 2010). "Measure 67" (Website). Online Voters' Guide for the January 26, 2010 Special Election. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  99. ^ Online Voters' Guide | 2010 Primary Election
  100. ^ May 18, 2010 Primary Election results
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  103. ^ Online Voters' Guide | 2010 General Election
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  112. ^ Online Voters' Guide | 2012 General Election
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  115. ^ Brown, Kate (6 November 2012). Title "Measure 78" (Website). Online Voters' Guide | 2012 General Election. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  116. ^ Brown, Kate (6 November 2012). Title "Measure 79" (Website). Online Voters' Guide | 2012 General Election. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  117. ^ Brown, Kate (6 November 2012). Title "Measure 80" (Website). Online Voters' Guide | 2012 General Election. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  118. ^ Brown, Kate (6 November 2012). Title "Measure 81" (Website). Online Voters' Guide | 2012 General Election. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
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