Oregon Judicial Districts and Elections, Measure 22 (2002)

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The Oregon Judicial Districts and Elections Amendment, also known as Measure 22, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have created judicial districts based on population and required the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals judges to be elected from those districts.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 22 (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No610,06350.6%
Yes 595,939 49.4%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Requires Oregon Supreme Court Judges And Court Of Appeals Judges To Be Elected By District[2]

Proponents

Steve Doell, Ted Ferrioli, and Bob Smith

Support

[3] Supporters of the measure believed that dividing into districts would allow judges from different backgrounds and with wide ranges of experiences to be elected and would prevent judges with the same philosophies, from the same region, to dominate the court system. They also believe that having judges responsible to specfic districts will increase accountability on their part because people will be more likely to know exactly who they are and what area they represent. Supporters also argue that all areas of Oregon deserve to be represented and that this measure is about fairness and equality.

Some of those who publicly supported the measure are:

  • Oregon Family Farm Association PAC
  • Oregon Citizens For A Sound Economy PAC
  • Crime Victims United
  • Senator Gary George
  • Senator Gene Derfler
  • Oregonians In Action PAC

Opposition

[4] Some of those who opposed the measure argued that the creation of districts would limit the total amount of judges Oregonians can select. Many believed the measure would prevent voters from electing the most qualified judges possible because they would be restricted by the districts. Others favored that the judicial system was separate from the legislative system where the legislators are elected by district and felt the measure would upset the "checks and balance" in Oregon politics.

Some of those who opposed the measure are:

  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
  • Oregon Consumer League
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • League of Women Voters of Oregon
  • Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens

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