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Oregon Restoration of Capital Punishment, Measure 3 (May 1920)

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The Oregon Restoration of Capital Punishment Amendment, also known as Measure 3, was on the May 21, 1920 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure restored the death penalty for first degree murder, except when the jury recommends life imprisonment.[1]

Measure 3 amended Section 36 of Article I of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Measure 18 of 1914 banned the death penalty. Measure 3 overturned the constitutional provisions of the previous measure.

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (May 1920)
Approveda Yes 81,756 55.87%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Submitted to the People by the Legislative Assembly

Submitted by the legislature - RESTORING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - Purpose: To restore capital punishment by providing by constitutional amendment that the penalty for murder in the first degree shall be death, except when the trial jury shall, by their verdict, recommend life imprisonment. --- Vote YES or NO.

304. Yes

305. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 3 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on January 20, 1920 by the Legislative Assembly.[1]

Similar measures

Defeatedd Oregon Abolition of Capital Punishment, Measure 33 (1912)
Approveda Oregon Abolition of the Death Penalty, Measure 18 (1914)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 12, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 12, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.