Oregon Lengthened Period for Verifying Petition Signatures, Measure 78 (May 2000)

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The Oregon Lengthened Period for Verifying Petition Signatures Amendment, also known as Measure 78, was on the May 16, 2000 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure lengthened the period of time for verifying signatures on initiative and referendum petitions.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 78 (May 2000)
Approveda Yes 528,129 61.73%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Amends Constitution: Lengthens Period For Verifying Signatures On Initiative And Referendum Petitions[2]


Supporters argued that the measure gives the Secretary of State a fair amount of time to verify signatures and qualify an initiative without being instrusive to the initiative and referendum processs.

Bob Shiprack of the Oregon Building Construction & Trades Council publicly supported the measure, saying that 15 days for the Secretary of State to verify petitions used to be sufficient, but argues that the initiative process in Oregon is rapidly growing, which creates problems for the verification process.[3]

Senator Charles Starr, Representative Richard Devlin, and Representative Kevin Mannix helped sponsor the measure.[4]


[5] Those opposed were concerned with adding more restrictions to an already seemingly disliked and stifled process by the legislators.

Peggy L. Boquist of Dallas, Oregon, submitted a letter in opposition to the Secretary of State, saying:

"With the growth of government it has become increasing difficult, if not unsuccessful at times, to address achieve "redress of grievances" at the state and federal level. Due to differences of interpretation and opinions even statewide initiatives have been twisted or ignored for various reasons; some of which are good reasons. We have just become discouraged and down trodden by many oppressive and unnecessary laws and policies."

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