Oregon Suffrage for Women, Measure 9 (June 1908)

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The Oregon Suffrage for Women Amendment, also known as Measure 9, was on the June 1, 1908 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have given women the right to vote in Oregon.

This was the second attempt by the suffragists to win women the right to vote via ballot initiative. Previously, they advocated for Measure 2 of 1906. Measure 9 was actually defeated by a higher margin than Measure 2 of 1906.[1]

Aftermath

In 1912, Oregon suffragists once again presented women's suffrage at the ballot. In 1912, however, Measure 1 was approved by voters and women were granted suffrage.

Election results

Oregon Measure 9 (1908)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No58,67061.42%
Yes 36,858 38.58%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

The Following Is The Number and Form in Which the Question will be Printed on the Official Ballot:

Proposed by Initiative Petition

For equal suffrage constitutional amendment, permitting women to vote on equal terms with men. --- Vote YES or NO.

316. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

317. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Path to the ballot

Measure 9 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on January 15, 1908.[1]

Similar measures

Defeatedd Oregon Suffrage for Women, Measure 2 (June 1906)

Defeatedd Oregon Suffrage for Women Taxpayers, Measure 1 (1910)

Approveda Oregon Suffrage for Women, Measure 1 (1912)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 28, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.