Oregon Ban on Games of Chance, Measure 6 (1938)

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The Oregon Ban on Games of Chance Act, also known as Measure 6, was on the November 8, 1938 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was approved, thus upholding the legislation. The measure banned all games of chance and provided punishments for violating the act.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 6 (1938)
Approveda Yes 197,912 60.53%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

PROHIBITING SLOT MACHINES, PIN-BALL, DART AND OTHER SIMILAR GAMES - Purpose: Making unlawful and prohibiting the licensing, possession, display, operation or play of all games of chance, such as slot machines, dart games, pin-ball games and similar games and devices when operated for profit, either in cash, merchandise or other thing of value, whether involving an element of skill or not; punishing violation of this act by fine of not over $250 or county jail sentence not over 90 days; requiring sheriffs and other peace officers to confiscate and without delay destroy all such games involved in violating this act; repealing the present statute which purports to authorize licensing such games.
Vote YES or NO

310. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

311. No. I vote against the proposed law.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.