Oregon Reapportionment of Legislative Representation, Measure 8 (1950)

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The Oregon Reapportionment of Legislative Representation Amendment, also known as Measure 8, was on the November 7, 1950 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have required the reapportionment of representation every ten years and increased the number of members in the Oregon Senate to 36.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 8 (1950)
Defeatedd No215,30252.99%
Yes 190,992 47.01%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION REAPPORTIONMENT - Purpose: Amending sections 2, 4 and 6 of Article IV, of Oregon constitution, requiring legislature to reapportion representation decenially and increasing senate to 36 members. Each county to have at least one representative. Remaining representatives apportioned by method of equal proportions. Senatorial districts shall be entitled to at least one senator and embrace not more than three counties. Ratios are used in determining number of senators. No county to have more than one-fourth of total legislative seats. If legislature fails to reapportion, the secretary of state shall act. If secretary fails, supreme court shall take jurisdiction and compel compliance upon application.
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 20, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.