Oregon Legalization of Games of Skill, Measure 8 (1940)

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The Oregon Legalization of Games of Skill Amendment, was on the November 5, 1940 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have legalized forms of gambling known as games of skill and provided for the licensing of such and disbursed license revenues to public fairs, expositions and old-age public assistance.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 8 (1940)
Defeatedd No258,01063.21%
Yes 150,157 36.79%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

AMENDMENT LEGALIZING CERTAIN GAMBLING AND GAMING DEVICES AND CERTAIN LOTTERIES - Purpose: Legalizes marble boards, pin-ball games, claw or digger games and other gambling and gaming devices, punchboards, similar devices, bank night, similar lotteries and Bingo games; other games wherein skill may predominate; all to be exclusively licensed by state. Cities to license other legalized games. Pari-mutuel wagering and animal racing legalized; fees therefrom deposited in fund hereby created. Prohibits nickel-in-the-slot machines. Secretary of state to issue licenses, employ attorney, assistant, clerks; no salary thereof exceeding $6,000 annually. Appropriates $50,000 state funds, repayable from fees. License proceeds disbursed to public fairs, expositions, cities and to counties for old-age and public assistance.
Vote YES or NO

314. Yes. I vote for the proposed amendment.

315. No. I vote against the proposed amendment.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 19, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.