Oregon Right of Chinese to Own Real Estate and Mining Claims, Measure 4 (1946)

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The Oregon Right of Chinese to Own Real Estate and Mining Claims Amendment, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 5, 1946 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure granted people of Chinese ethnicity the ability to hold real estate and mining claims by repealing constitutional language that prohibited them from doing so.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (1946)
Approveda Yes 161,865 54.87%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

BILL AUTHORIZING CHINAMEN TO HOLD REAL ESTATE AND MINING CLAIMS - Purpose: To repeal section 8 of Article XV of the Oregon constitution, which prohibits any Chinaman who was not a resident of the state at the adoption of the constitution from every holding any read estate or mining claim or working any mining claim in this state, which repeal will permit Chinamen to hold real estate and work mining claims.
Vote YES or NO

306. Yes. I vote for the proposed amendment.

307. 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 19, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.