Oregon petition drive deadline nears

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June 30, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

SALEM, Oregon: A total of four states are facing deadlines this Friday, July 2, including the state of Oregon. Despite having an estimated 83 filed initiatives reports estimate approximately 13 to file signatures. Compared to past years, in 2008 a total of 10 initiatives filed signatures, however, two failed to meet the state's signature requirements. All eight that qualified for the ballot were rejected by voters.[1][2]

This year voters have already had their say on four different measures: two veto referendums on January 26 and two bond measures on May 18. Despite Friday's outcome and the verification of submitted initiative petitions, voters should expect to see at least three measures on the November 2 statewide ballot; all referred by the state legislature.

In Oregon, when initiative sponsors are collecting signatures, those signatures must be turned in to the Oregon Secretary of State once a month. That office, however, cannot begin the process of signature certification until the initiative sponsor has turned in at least 100% of the required number of signatures. As of June 30, six initiatives have already submitted signatures. The secretary of state's office is expected to announce which initiatives qualified by August 30.[3]

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