Oregon Methods for Amending the State Constitution, Measure 5 (June 1906)

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The Oregon Methods for Amending the State Constitution Amendment, also known as Measure 5, was on the June 4, 1906 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided rules for amending the Oregon Constitution. These rules included:[1]

  • Any amendments to the constitution may be proposed in either branch of the legislature, must be passed by a majority in both houses and then referred to the Secretary of State, who will then refer such amendment to the people for approval or rejection at the next general election or special election.
  • Votes shall be counted by the Secretary of State in the presence of the Governor. It’s the governor’s responsibility to declare the measure as an amendment to the constitution upon approval by voters.
  • When two or more amendments are being voted upon in a given election, the amendments shall be submitted separately.
  • No constitutional convention shall be called upon unless first approved by the people via a referendum vote at a regular general election.

Measure 5 created Section 1 of Article XVII of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 5 (1906)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 47,661 71.77%
No18,75128.23%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

The Following Is The Number and Form in Which the Question will be Printed on the Official Ballot:

Proposed By Initiative Petition

For constitutional amendment providing method of amending constitution and applying the referendum to all laws affecting constitutional conventions and amendments. --- Vote Yes or No

308. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

309. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

Path to the ballot

Measure 5 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 5, 1905.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 25, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed October 25, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.