Conduct of Elections

ORS 254.005

As used in this chapter:


“Ballot” means any material on which votes may be cast for candidates or measures. In the case of a recall election, “ballot” includes material posted in a voting compartment or delivered to an elector by mail.


“Chief elections officer” means the:


Secretary of State, regarding a candidate for a state office or an office to be voted on in the state at large or in a congressional district, or a measure to be voted on in the state at large.


County clerk, regarding a candidate for a county office, or a measure to be voted on in a county only.


City clerk, auditor or recorder, regarding a candidate for a city office, or a measure to be voted on in a city only.


“County clerk” means the county clerk or the county official in charge of elections.


“Elector” means an individual qualified to vote under section 2, Article II, Oregon Constitution.


“Major political party” means a political party that has qualified as a major political party under ORS 248.006 (Qualification and maintenance of status as major political party).


“Measure” includes any of the following submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at an election:


A proposed law.


An Act or part of an Act of the Legislative Assembly.


A revision of or amendment to the Oregon Constitution.


Local, special or municipal legislation.


A proposition or question.


“Minor political party” means a political party that has qualified as a minor political party under ORS 248.008 (Qualification as minor political party).


“Nonpartisan office” means the office of judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit court or the Oregon Tax Court, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, any elected office of a metropolitan service district under ORS chapter 268, justice of the peace, county clerk, county assessor, county surveyor, county treasurer, county judge who exercises judicial functions, sheriff, district attorney or any office designated nonpartisan by a home rule charter.


“Prospective petition” means the information, except signatures and other identification of petition signers, required to be contained in a completed petition.


“Regular district election” means the election held each year for the purpose of electing members of a district board as defined in ORS 255.005 (Definitions) (2).


“Vote tally system” means one or more pieces of equipment necessary to examine and tally automatically the marked ballots.


“Voting machine” means any device that will record every vote cast on candidates and measures and that will either internally or externally total all votes cast on that device. [1979 c.190 §224; 1983 c.392 §5; 1983 c.567 §15; 1985 c.324 §2; 1987 c.707 §16; 1993 c.493 §95; 1995 c.92 §5; 1995 c.107 §2; 1995 c.607 §79; 1999 c.410 §43; 2001 c.430 §2; 2005 c.731 §4; 2005 c.797 §67; 2007 c.154 §19; 2009 c.491 §7; 2010 c.18 §3; 2011 c.731 §13]

Notes of Decisions

Proposed ballot question which asked voters to choose between two options, but not to approve or reject either, was measure as defined by this section, which did not satisfy requirements of this section to qualify for ballot placement. 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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