Oregon election officials reject thousands of lottery fund petition signatures
SALEM, Oregon: Approximately six proposed initiatives for the 2010 ballot have already begun submitting petition signatures. In Oregon, when initiative sponsors are collecting signatures, those signatures must be turned in to the Oregon Secretary of State once a month.
The Oregon Lottery Funds for Natural Resources Amendment has already submitted an estimated total of 50,243 signatures. Of the first batch of signatures (31,128) election officials rejected 12,596 signatures, about 40%, because the forms that were used during the petition process were improperly printed. According to the secretary of state a printing malfunction omitted form numbers and some language from the sheets. Those forms, said state officials, shouldn't have been used. According to reports, supporters plan to continue petition circulation until the July 2 deadline.
The proposed initiated constitutional amendment would continue lottery funding for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, watershed protection beyond 2014. Currently 15% of net lottery proceeds are placed in such funds, however, funding is scheduled to end after 2014. The initiative, if approved by voters, would continue funding beyond 2014.