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Oregon Repeal of Forbiddance on "Free Negro and Mullato" People, Measure 3 (1926)

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The Oregon Repeal of Forbiddance on "Free Negro and Mullato" People Amendment, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 2, 1926 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure removed a section from the state constitution forbidding “free negroes and mulattoes” from “coming into, residing or being” in the State of Oregon and thereby granted limited civil rights to people categorized as “black” or “mulatto.”[1]

Measure 3 repealed Section 35 of Article I of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (1926)
Approveda Yes 108,332 62.52%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

Submitted by the Legislature - REPEAL OF FREE NEGRO AND MULATTO SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION - Purpose: To repeal section 35 of article I of the constitution of Oregon which is invalid because it is in conflict with the United States constitution. Said section attempts to forbid free negroes and mulattoes coming into, residing or being in the state of Oregon, or having any civil rights therein.
Vote YES or NO.

304. Yes, I vote for repealing the section

305. No, I vote against repealing the section


Path to the ballot

Measure 3 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Legislative Assembly on February 11, 1925.[1]

See also

Suggest a link

Defeatedd Oregon Suffrage for "Negro and Mulatto" Persons, Measure 3 (1916)

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 13, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.