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Oregon Nov 2008 Election Ballot Measures (so far)


From the Salem Statesman Journal, we read “Measures assigned their numerical designations: A dozen items will appear on Nov. 4 ballot, state says,” by Peter Wong, August 2, 2008

Measure approved for the ballot to date include these:

MEASURE 54: Allows 18-year-olds to vote in school board elections, consistent with their eligibility to vote in state and federal elections. The minimum voting age for school board elections is 21, set by voters in a 1948 constitutional amendment. The voting age for state and federal elections was lowered to 18 in 1971.

MEASURE 55: Allows legislators to complete their elected terms in their original districts even if they are placed elsewhere through redistricting plans, which are drawn every 10 years after each census. The next plan is set for 2011, after the 2010 Census.

MEASURE 56: Exempts May and November elections from the state constitution’s “double-majority” requirement, which requires 50 percent of registered voters to cast ballots and a majority of voters to approve property-tax measures. Currently only the general election in even-numbered years is exempt from the requirement, which voters approved in 1996.

MEASURE 57: Increases prison sentences for drug trafficking, theft against older persons, and repeat property and identity-theft offenders; requires addiction treatment for some offenders.

MEASURE 58: Bars bilingual education of public-school students after two years of enrollment.

MEASURE 59: Allows full deduction of federal income taxes on state income-tax returns. Similar measures were defeated in 2000 and 2006.

MEASURE 60: Bars use of seniority to determine teacher pay in favor of “classroom performance.”

MEASURE 61: Sets mandatory minimum prison sentences for property, identity theft and drug offenders.

MEASURE 62: Reallocates 15 percent of state lottery proceeds to public safety fund for crime prevention, investigation and prosecution. Shares of the lottery already are earmarked in the state constitution for specific purposes.

MEASURE 63: Exempts improvement projects under $35,000 from building permit requirements.

MEASURE 64: Bars use of “public resources” to collect union dues for political purposes. Similar measures were defeated in 1998 and 2000.

MEASURE 65: Changes the primary election to advance the top two finishers, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. Currently only voters registered with a major political party can vote in a primary to nominate that party’s candidates for the general election.

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