Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division

Rule Rule 165-010-0060
Procedure for Conduct of Meeting to Fill Vacancy in Legislative Assembly


The following procedures govern the conduct of a meeting of a county court or board of commissioners (hereafter, county governing body(ies)) to fill a vacancy in the Legislative Assembly. These meeting procedures apply to appointments made under either ORS 171.060 (Procedure for filling vacancy by appointment)(1) (vacancy to be filled by nominee affiliated with a major political party) or ORS 171.060 (Procedure for filling vacancy by appointment)(2) (vacancy need not be filled by member of a particular major political party).

(1)

A meeting of the members of the county governing body(ies) shall convene at the time designated by the Secretary of State. If the legislative district includes more than one county, the Secretary of State shall also name the temporary chairperson for the meeting and designate its location, which shall be within the legislative district. The Secretary of State shall also notify the county governing body(ies) of the nominees and of the number of votes apportioned to each member of the county governing body(ies) under ORS 171.062 (Filling vacancies in multicounty legislative districts) and 171.064 (Apportioning votes for filling vacancies in multicounty legislative districts).

(2)

The chairperson conducting the meeting shall open the meeting at the time designated by the Secretary of State. The chairperson shall announce that the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a person to fill the vacancy in the Legislative Assembly. If applicable, the appointment will be made from the list of nominees from the major political party as furnished by the Secretary of State.

(3)

Members of the county governing body eligible to vote on the selection are those physically or electronically present at the meeting, who are currently holding office by election or appointment.

(4)

The county governing body(ies), in making its determination, may allot time for interviewing nominees or applicants and for other pertinent deliberations prior to voting.

(5)

The vote shall be taken in a manner specified by a majority of those present and eligible to vote on the selection. The person receiving the highest number of votes shall be the appointee. However, in any case, the vote of each member of the governing body(ies) shall be recorded and included in the written statement required by ORS 171.060 (Procedure for filling vacancy by appointment)(3).

(6)

The Secretary of State hereby adopts form SEL 145, Statement of Nominee’s Willingness to Serve, as the form to be used to accept a nomination to fill a legislative vacancy.
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