Oregon v. Cargill

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Oregon v. Cargill is a 1990 ruling of the Oregon Court of Appeals that the Oregon Constitution's initiative and referendum clause, which allows citizens to place measures on the ballot if enough signatures are collected, by extension also allows signature gatherers to enter shopping malls for this purpose.

The appeals court based its ruling on the finding that shopping centers have become modern day town squares and access to them is necessary to preserve the people's power of initiative and referendum.

In 1989, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled in Lloyd Corporation v. Whiffen that mall owners can place reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on circulators.

Similar case

In 1981, in the neighboring state of Washington, a conclusion similar to Oregon v. Cargill was reached by the Washington Supreme Court in the case of Alderwood Associations v. Washington Environmental Council.