Oregon 1906 ballot measures
- One measure was a veto referendum.
- Five of the measures were initiated state statutes.
- Five of the measures were initiated constitutional amendments.
- Eight of the measures were approved and three were defeated.
The Daily Capital Journal on May 2, 1906, issued a statement encouraging citizens to thoroughly study the ballot measures and vote:
|“||The constitutional amendments should be studied by every man in the county before election day. They mean important legislation and they are of more importance than will be in a session of the state legislature. The law allowing laws to be initiated is a good law, and puts the power in the hands of the common people, but you should know what you are voting on or you should not vote at all. If you don’t know what a law means you have no right to jump at conclusions and vote as the idea strikes you. Write to the county clerk and ask him for the law or write the registration officers in your precinct and get a copy. You can then find out what they are. Talk to your neighbors and study them so that you will know all about these laws before the election in June comes on.||”|
On the ballot
|VR||Measure 1||Gov't Finance||Maintains funds for psychiatric hospitals, deaf, mute and blind schools, penitentiaries, universities, agricultural colleges and other schools|
|Measure 2||Suffrage||Gives women the right to vote|
|CISS||Measure 3||Alcohol||Enables constituents in dry counties to vote on the legality of liquor in their municipalities|
|CISS||Measure 4||Transportation||Authorizes the state to purchase two private toll roads for $24,000|
|Measure 5||Direct Democracy||Provides rules for amending the Oregon Constitution|
|Measure 6||Local Gov't||Empowers voters of every city and town to have the exclusive ability to enact and amend their municipal charter|
|Measure 7||Gov't Salaries||Empowers the state legislature to compensate the State Printer, as devised at any time by law|
|Measure 8||Direct Democracy||Creates a referendum and initiative process for local and municipal laws|
|CISS||Measure 9||Business||Prohibits public firms from issuing or furnishing any free or discounted pass, ticket or service that is not also available to the general public|
|CISS||Measure 10||Taxes||Levies a three percent fee on the gross earnings of sleeping car companies, refrigerator car companies and oil companies|
|CISS||Measure 11||Taxes||Levies a three percent tax upon the gross earnings of “express companies” and a two percent tax upon telephone and telegraph firms|
- Oregon Blue Book Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1902-1906
- Oregon State Constitution
- State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet 1906
- Rogue River Courier, "New Laws That Are To Be Voted On", May 25, 1906
- Daily Capital Journal, "Direct Law Making: Initiative Bill To Be Voted On", May 2, 1906