New editions of the State Legislative Tracker and The Policy Tracker available now!

Oregon Judicial Vacancies and Elections, Measure 21 (2002)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Voting on
State Judiciary
State judiciary.jpg
Ballot Measures
By state
By year
Not on ballot
Oregon Constitution
Flag of Oregon.png

The Oregon Judicial Vacancies and Elections Amendment, also known as Measure 21, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have required judicial vacancies to be filled by elections at the closest May or November election held more than 90 days after the vacancy occurred.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 21 (2002)
Defeatedd No668,25655.93%
Yes 526,450 44.07%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Revises Procedure For Filling Judicial Vacancies, Electing Judges; Allows Vote For "None Of The Above"[2]


Don McIntire and Gregg K. Clapper


[3] Supporters of the initiative argue that the passage of measure 21 will result in better judges due to enhanced competition. Many argue that some judges get elected simply because no one is running against them.

Some of those in favor of the measure are:

  • Taxpayer Association of Oregon
  • None of the Above Committee
  • Parents Education Association


[4] Some who oppose the measure fear the result could be endless, unresolved election, which they believe means wasted money and postponed trials, slowing down an already complicated court process. Some also believed it would require the candidates to spend money on costly campaigns even if there isn't actually someone to run against. Some consider the measure "unecessary clutter" in the Oregon Constitution.

Some of the organizations and people who oppose the measure are:

  • Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens
  • Edwin J. Peterson, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Oregon
  • League of Women Voters of Oregon
  • The Oregon Consumer League
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon

See also

Suggest a link

External links


BallotMeasureFinal badge.png
This historical ballot measure article requires that the text of the measure be added to the page.