Oregon Term Lengths for Elected County Officials, Measure 5 (1920)

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The Oregon Term Lengths for Elected County Officials Amendment, also known as Measure 5, was on the November 2, 1920 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure increased the term length from two years to four years for county clerks, treasurers, sheriffs, coroners and surveyors.[1]

Measure 5 amended Section 6 of Article VI of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 5 (1920)
Approveda Yes 97,854 54.72%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by Herbert R. Dewart, 771 Greenway Avenue, Portland, Oregon; R. J. Green, 708 "N" Avenue, La Grande, Oregon. - CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FIXING TERM OF CERTAIN COUNTY OFFICERS - Purpose: To provide for the election of a county clerk, treasurer, sheriff, coroner and surveyor, who shall severally hold their offices for the term of four years instead of two, as now provided by law. The amendment is self-executing and becomes effective on the first Monday of January, 1921, when the said county officers elected at the regular November, 1920, election shall qualify. --- Vote YES or NO.

308. Yes

309. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 5 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on June 9, 1920 by Herbet R. Dewart and R.J. Green.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 12, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 12, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.