Laws governing recall in Oregon

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The citizens of Oregon are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Article 2, Section 18 of the Oregon Constitution. his right of recall was created in 1908. Oregon and Michigan, which also created the right of recall in 1908, were the first two states to adopt statewide recall procedures.

Oregon is one of nine states with provisions that say that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its federal congressional delegation, but it hasn't been clear whether federal courts would allow states to actually recall their federal politicians.[1]

Signature requirement

Main article: Oregon signature requirements

The number of valid signatures required to force a recall election is 15% of the total number of votes cast in the public officer’s electoral district for all candidates for Governor at the last election at which a candidate for Governor was elected to a full term.

Preparing the recall petition

Taken from the Oregon recall manual: 1. The first step for a recall petition against a state public officer is the filing of a prospective recall petition with the Secretary of State, Elections Division. The chief petitioner for a recall must be a registered voter in the district from which the public officer is elected or appointed.

2. After receiving a sufficient prospective petition for a recall of a state public officer and no later than 3 business days after the prospective petition is filed, the Elections Division provides the chief petitioner with official templates of the cover and signature sheets for the petition. Once the chief petitioner has received the official templates, they may begin the approval for circulation process. The cover and signature sheets must be approved in writing by the Elections Division before the chief petitioner may begin circulating the recall petition.

3. Using the official templates provided by the Elections Division, the chief petitioner prepares and submits cover and signature sheets exactly as intended to circulate, including weight, style and color of paper with the cover sheet (SEL 350) copied on the reverse side of the signature sheet (SEL 351). Only a chief petitioner or authorized agents may submit cover and signature sheets for approval.

Circulating the Petition

There are a wide variety of rules and regulations that have to be followed. these are listed in full in the Oregon State Recall Manual, which can be found here [[1]]

Petition Filing and Verification of Signatures

Once the proper number of signatures have been gathered the Chief Petitioner, and only the Chief petitioner, must submit the signatures to the Elections Divisions. The signatures must be separated by county and numbered sequentially within the counties.

After receiving the signature sheets from the chief petitioner, the Elections Division begins the process of verifying the signatures to determine if the recall petition contains enough valid signatures to qualify for an election. (Taken from the Oregon State Recall Manual)

Campaign Finance Regulations

There are many campaign finance regulations that must be filed for recall elections in Oregon. A list of these can be found in the Recall Manual [[2]]

Contact Information

Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division 255 Capitol St NE, Ste 501 Salem OR 97310 503 986 1518

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