Oregon Judicial Vacancies and Elections, Measure 21 (2002)

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The Oregon Judicial Vacancies and Elections Amendment, also known as Measure 21, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have required judicial vacancies to be filled by elections at the closest May or November election held more than 90 days after the vacancy occurred.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 21 (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No668,25655.93%
Yes 526,450 44.07%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Revises Procedure For Filling Judicial Vacancies, Electing Judges; Allows Vote For "None Of The Above"[2]

Propoenents

Don McIntire and Gregg K. Clapper

Support

[3] Supporters of the initiative argue that the passage of measure 21 will result in better judges due to enhanced competition. Many argue that some judges get elected simply because no one is running against them.

Some of those in favor of the measure are:

  • Taxpayer Association of Oregon
  • None of the Above Committee
  • Parents Education Association

Opposition

[4] Some who oppose the measure fear the result could be endless, unresolved election, which they believe means wasted money and postponed trials, slowing down an already complicated court process. Some also believed it would require the candidates to spend money on costly campaigns even if there isn't actually someone to run against. Some consider the measure "unecessary clutter" in the Oregon Constitution.

Some of the organizations and people who oppose the measure are:

  • Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens
  • Edwin J. Peterson, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Oregon
  • League of Women Voters of Oregon
  • The Oregon Consumer League
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon

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