Administration of Election Laws

ORS 246.110
Secretary of State as chief elections officer

The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer of this state, and it is the secretary’s responsibility to obtain and maintain uniformity in the application, operation and interpretation of the election laws. [1957 c.608 §2; 1979 c.190 §5; 1995 c.607 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Secretary of State is proper party named in petition to challenge voters' pamphlet explanation; though her duties are primarily ministerial, she may assume adversarial role if she feels explanatory statement warrants her doing so under this section or such role is mandated by ORS 251.055. Teledyne Industries v. Paulus, 297 Or 665, 687 P2d 1077 (1984)

Secretary of State had authority to direct county clerk, and clerk had authority to carry out directive, that city measure which does not comply with state law for ballot placement be kept off state primary election ballot. City of Eugene v. Roberts, 91 Or App 1, 756 P2d 643 (1988), aff'd 305 Or 641, 756 P2d 630 (1988)


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