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Oregon Appointment and Election of Judges, Measure 1 (1978)

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The Oregon Appointment and Election of Judges Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the November 7, 1978 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure empowered the governor to fill judicial vacancies from “well-qualified” lists submitted by a nonpartisan nominating commission, provided that appointed judges serve until second general election after appointment and provided for elections of such judges for additional six year terms after their appointed term is served. “Yes” vote majority means the judge is re-elected for six more years. “No” vote majority means the office becomes vacant and the process of selection restarts.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (1978)
Defeatedd No449,13255.61%
Yes 358,504 44.39%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Purpose: Amends constitution to provide new selection, re-election method for judges of Supreme Court, Appeals Court, and Tax Court judge. Governor fills vacancy from “well-qualified” list submitted by nonpartisan nominating commission consisting of Chief Justice plus three lawyers, three laymen appointed by Governor pursuant to law. Appointed judges serve until second general election after appointment. Incumbent judges re-elected for six years by “yes” vote majority in general election; if majority vote “no,” office becomes vacant.


NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 9, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.