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Oregon Ballot Measures


NOVEMBER 2008

Measure 54 — Yes-1,194,173; No-450,979 (PASSED)
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: STANDARDIZES VOTING ELIGIBILITY FOR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS WITH OTHER STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS.

Summary: Corrects a flaw in Oregon's Constitution that prohibits citizens under 21 from voting in school board elections.

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No Proponent Website Known
No Opponent Website Known

Measure 55 — Yes-1,251,478; No-364,993 (PASSED)
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: CHANGES OPERATIVE DATE OF REDISTRICTING PLANS; ALLOWS AFFECTED LEGISLATORS TO FINISH TERM IN ORIGINAL DISTRICT.

Summary: Makes minor fixes to Oregon's redistricting process.

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No Proponent Website Known
No Opponent Website Known

Measure 56 — Yes-959,118; No-735,500 (PASSED)
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: PROVIDES THAT MAY AND NOVEMBER PROPERTY TAX ELECTIONS ARE DECIDED BY MAJORITY OF VOTERS VOTING.

Summary: Partially repeals the Double Majority law requiring that 50% of registered voters cast ballots in an election for a bond measure to pass for May and November elections.

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No Opponent Website Known

Measure 57 — Yes-1,058,955; No-665,942 (PASSED)
INCREASES SENTENCES FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, THEFT AGAINST ELDERLY AND SPECIFIED REPEAT PROPERTY AND IDENTITY THEFT CRIMES; REQUIRES ADDICTION TREATMENT FOR CERTAIN OFFENDERS.

Summary: Legislatively-referred state statute that's a less expensive alternative to Kevin Mannix's Ballot Measure 61.

A campaign finance reporting compalint was filed against a political commitee opposing M57 and supporting M61. Read it here.

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No Opponent Website Known

Measure 58 — Yes-756,903; No-977,696 (FAILED)
PROHIBITS TEACHING PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT IN LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS.

Summary: Bill Sizemore ballot measure that would require English immersion rather than ESL for children for whom English is not their primary language.

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No Proponent Website Known

Measure 59 — Yes-615,894; No-1,084,422 (FAILED)
CREATES AN UNLIMITED DEDUCTION FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES ON INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS' OREGON INCOME-TAX RETURNS.

Summary: Bill Sizemore ballot measure that would make federal income taxes fully deductible on state returns.

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No Proponent Website Known

Measure 60 — Yes-673,296; No-1,070,682 (FAILED)
TEACHER "CLASSROOM PERFORMANCE," NOT SENIORITY, DETERMINES PAY RAISES; "MOST QUALIFIED" TEACHERS RETAINED, REGARDLESS OF SENIORITY.

Summary: Bill Sizemore ballot measure that would mandate "merit-pay" for teachers in public schools.

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No Proponent Website Known

Measure 61 — Yes-848,901; No-887,165 (FAILED)
CREATES MANDATORY MINIMUM PRISON SENTENCES FOR CERTAIN THEFT, IDENTITY THEFT, FORGERY, DRUG, AND BURGLARY CRIMES.

Summary: Kevin Mannix ballot measure that among other things sets mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug and property crimes and for identity theft.

A campaign finance reporting compalint was filed against a political commitee opposing M57 and supporting M61. Read it here.

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Measure 62 — Yes-674,428; No-1,035,756 (FAILED)
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: ALLOCATES 15% OF LOTTERY PROCEEDS TO PUBLIC SAFETY FUND FOR CRIME PREVENTION, INVESTIGATION, PROSECUTION.

Summary: Kevin Mannix ballot measure that requires 15% of Oregon Lottery proceeds to be used for crime fighting/prevention efforts.

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Measure 63 — Yes-784,376; No-928,721 (FAILED)
EXEMPTS SPECIFIED PROPERTY OWNERS FROM BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS VALUED AT/UNDER 35,000 DOLLARS.

Summary: Bill Sizemore ballot measure that would allow minor building changes without a permit.

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No Proponent Website Known

Measure 64 — Yes-835,563; No-854,327 (FAILED)
PENALIZES PERSON, ENTITY FOR USING FUNDS COLLECTED WITH "PUBLIC RESOURCE" (DEFINED) FOR "POLITICAL PURPOSE" (DEFINED).

Summary: Third attempt by Bill Sizemore to ban public employee unions from using dues for political purposes.

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No Proponent Website Known

Measure 65 — Yes-553,640; No-1,070,580 (FAILED)
CHANGES GENERAL ELECTION NOMINATION PROCESSES FOR MAJOR/MINOR PARTY, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES FOR MOST PARTISAN OFFICES.

Summary: Creates an open primary in which all parties run their candidates on the same ballot and the top two vote getters, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election.

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Opponent Websites (Site 1) (Site 2)

MAY 2008

Measure 51:
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: ENABLES CRIME VICTIMS TO ENFORCE EXISTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN PROSECUTIONS, DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS; AUTHORIZES IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION.
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Votes
Pctg.
Yes
729,433
74.91
No
244,293
25.09

Measure 52:
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: ENABLES CRIME VICTIMS TO ENFORCE EXISTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN PROSECUTIONS, DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS; AUTHORIZES IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION.
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Votes
Pctg.
Yes
723,388
74.86
No
242,917
25.14

Measure 53: (First recount of a statewide ballot measure since 1994)
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: MODIFIES PROVISIONS GOVERNING CIVIL FORFEITURES RELATED TO CRIMES; PERMITS USE OF PROCEEDS BY LAW ENFORMCEMENT.
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Votes
Pctg.
Yes
489,592
50.07
No
489,042
49.93
ELECTION RESULTS  ( KATU )  ( KGW )  ( KOIN )  ( THE OREGONIAN )
* Official Results

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