Oregon Prohibition of Payment Per Signature for Canvassers, Measure 26 (2002)
Oregon Ballot Measure 26 (2002) is an initiated constitutional amendment that prohibits chief petitioners of initiative campaigns in Oregon from paying petition circulators on a per-signature basis either directly or indirectly.
Official Ballot Title
Prohibits Payment, Receipt Of Payment Based On The Number Of Initiative, Referendum Petition Signatures Obtained
This measure passed at the November 2002 General Election with 921,606 voters in favor, and 301,415 opposed.
In 2004, 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 Ninth Circuit in the case of Prete v. Bradbury in 2006. The court of appeals upheld the lower court's ruling. Cite error: Closing
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