Oregon Suffrage for "Negroes, Chinamen and Mulattoes", Measure 1 (June 1927)

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The Oregon Suffrage for "Negroes, Chinamen and Mulattoes" Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the June 28, 1927 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure repealed constitutional language denying suffrage to “Negro,” “Chinaman” and “Mulatto” people.[1]

Measure 1 repealed Section 6 of Article II of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (June 1927)
Approveda Yes 69,373 62.35%

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 NEGRO, CHINAMAN AND MULATTO SUFFRAGE SECTION OF CONSTITUTION - Purpose: To repeal section 6, article II of the constitution of Oregon, which is invalid because in conflict with the United States constitution. Said section attempts to deny the right of suffrage to negroes, Chinamen and mulattoes, regardless of their citizenship.
Vote YES or NO.

300. Yes, I vote for the amendment.

301. No, I vote against the amendment.


Path to the ballot

Measure 1 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Legislative Assembly on January 24, 1927.[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.