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Oregon Criminal Trials Without Juries, Measure 2 (May 1934)

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The Oregon Criminal Trials Without Juries Amendment, also known as Measure 2, was on the May 18, 1934 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided that in criminal trails any accused person, with consent of the trial judge, may choose to waive trial by jury and consent to be tried by the judge of the court alone.[1]

Measure 2 amended Section 11 of Article I of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 2 (May 1934)
Approveda Yes 117,446 58.47%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

CRIMINAL TRIAL WITHOUT JURY AND NON-UNANIMOUS VERDICT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - Purpose: To provide by constitutional amendment that in criminal trials any accused person, in other than capital cases, and with the consent of the trial judge, may elect to waive trial by jury and consent to be tried by the judge of the court alone, such, election to be in writing; provided, however, that in the circuit court ten members of the jury may render a verdict of guilty or not guilty, save and except a verdict of guilty of first degree murder, which shall be found only by a unanimous verdict, and not otherwise.
Vote YES or NO

302. Yes. I vote for the proposed amendment.

303. No. I vote against the proposed amendment.


Path to the ballot

Measure 2 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Legislative Assembly on December 12, 1933.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 18, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.