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Oregon Statewide Initiatives: How Many Signatures Are Needed? 116,284 or 87,213

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From the Secretary of State’s “Make or Change State Law website“, as of today:

“The number of valid signatures required to qualify an initiative for the ballot is based on a percentage of the total votes cast for governor at the last election:

  • For a constitutional initiative, 8 percent (116,284) of valid signatures is required.
  • For a statutory initiative, 6 percent (87,213) of valid signatures is required.”

Link to the Secretary of State’s “Make or Change State Law: Statewide Initiatives, Referendums and Referrals” website.

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed how ill-informed most initiative signature gatherers are (however well-intentioned). They don’t know if the proposed measure is a statutory or a constitutional one and they have to dig and dig to find a copy of the actual measure. I don’t expect a lot, they are paid signature gatherers after all, not necessarily issue advocates. However, I do like to participate in the process and surely I should be able to get basic information about what may end up on the ballot.