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Oregon Eminent Domain Extended to Roads, Measure 1 (May 1920)

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The Oregon Eminent Domain Extended to Roads Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the May 21, 1920 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure declared that the use of roadways for the transportation of raw products and natural resources is a public use and therefore allowed eminent domain to acquire land for roadways.[1]

Measure 1 amended Section 18 of Article I of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (May 1920)
Approveda Yes 100,256 73.77%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Submitted to the People by the Legislative Assembly

Submitted by the legislature - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT EXTENDING EMINENT DOMAIN OVER ROADS AND WAYS - Purpose: To amend section 18 of article 1 of the constitution of the state of Oregon so as to declare that the use of all roads and ways requisite for the transportation of the raw products of mine, farm and forest is a public use and necessary to the development and welfare of the state. --- Vote YES or NO.

300. Yes

301. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 1 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 24, 1919 by the Legislative Assembly.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 12, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 12, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.