Oregon Prohibition of Payment Per Signature for Canvassers, Measure 26 (2002)

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Oregon Ballot Measure 26 appeared on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Oregon as a proposed constitutional amendment. It passed with 921,606 voters in favor of it, and 301,415 opposed to it.

Measure 26 prohibits Oregon chief petitioners from paying petition circulators on a per-signature basis either directly or indirectly.

Challenge to constitutionality

Barbara and Eugene Prete filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ban on paying circulators per signature. Their lawsuit was heard by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken, a Clinton appointee, who upheld the ban. The Pretes appealed Aiken's decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the case of Prete v. Bradbury. The court of appeals upheld the lower court's ruling.

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