The Oregon Prohibition of Payment Per Signature for Canvassers Amendment, also known as Measure 26, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure made deemed unlawful the payment of canvassers by the number of signatures collected for initiative and referendum petitions.
| Oregon Measure 26 (2002)|
| Yes|| 921,606|| 75.35%|
Election results via: Oregon Blue Book
Text of the measure
Prohibits Payment, Receipt Of Payment Based On The Number Of Initiative, Referendum Petition Signatures Obtained
Oregon AFL-CIO, Our Oregon, and others argued that the measure would prevent incentive for fraud or forgery when collecting petition signatures.
Those opposed to the measure argued that paying-per-signature is the most efficient way to collect signatures and that the new law would violate free speech rights in the first amendment.
Prete v. Bradbury
In 2004, Barbara and Eugene Prete filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ban on paying circulators per signature. Their lawsuit was heard by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken, a Clinton appointee, who upheld the ban. The Pretes appealed Aiken's decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Prete v. Bradbury in 2006. The court of appeals upheld the lower court's ruling.