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

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The Oregon Suffrage for "Negro and Mulatto" Persons Amendment, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have removed the discrimination against “negro and mulatto” persons from the Oregon Constitution, thus granting suffrage to “negro and mulatto” citizens.



In June of 1927, white voters approved an amendment repealing restrictions on "negroes," "chinamen" and "mulattoes" from voting, thus granting them suffrage.

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (1916)
Defeatedd No100,70150.17%
Yes 100,027 49.83%

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

Submitted by the Legislature. - NEGRO AND MULATTO SUFFRAGE AMENDMENT - An amendment to the Constitution of the State of Oregon removing the discrimination against negro and mulatto citizens by repealing Section 6 of Article II thereof, which section reads as follows: "No negro, Chinaman or mullato shall have the right of suffrage.” --- 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 February 20, 1915 by the Legislative Assembly.[1]

Similar measures

Approveda Oregon Repeal of Forbiddance on "Free Negro and Mullato" People, Measure 3 (1926)
Approveda Oregon Suffrage for "Negroes, Chinamen and Mulattoes," Measure 1 (June 1927)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 8, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.