Oregon Necessity of Grand Jury for Felony Prosecution, Measure 3 (1974)

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The Oregon Necessity of Grand Jury for Felony Prosecution Amendment, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 5, 1974 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided that a grand jury indictment is not necessary for a felony prosecution if a person has been charged and when a magistrate has determined there is sufficient evidence to believe the person guilty.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (1974)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 437,557 63.93%
No246,90236.07%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

3. REVISES CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRAND JURIES - Purpose: This measure amends Oregon Constitution to provide that a grand jury indictment is not necessary for a felony prosecution if a person has been charged and a magistrate finds a preliminary hearing that there is probable cause to believe that the person in fact committed a felony. The amendment does not eliminate a citizen’s right to jury trial, but only deals with the method by which a person is charged with a crime.

YES □

NO □ [2]

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