Your official 1998 Biennial Primary Election Voters' Pamphlet is divided into separate sections for measures and candidates. You can find page numbers for the beginning of each of these sections, as well as for the alphabetical index of candidates, in the table of contents on this page.

Material in the measures section includes the state ballot title, estimate of financial impact, the complete text of the proposed measure, an impartial statement explaining the measure and any arguments filed by proponents and opponents of the measure.

Oregon law allows the Legislature to submit one argument in support of a measure it refers to the people. Citizens or organizations may also file arguments in favor of or in opposition to measures by purchasing space for $300 or by submitting a petition signed by 1,000 voters. The Secretary of State may not accept any argument which is not accompanied by the specified fee or the requisite number of signatures.

In the candidate section, partisan candidates appear before nonpartisan candidates. All space is purchased; statements and photographs are submitted by the candidates or their designated agents. The information required by law--pertaining to occupation, occupational background, educational background and prior governmental experience--has been certified by each candidate.

Miscellaneous voting aids, including district maps, precinct and polling place lists, voting instructions, a complete list of the state measure and candidates, and absentee ballot applications, are also a part of the Voters' Pamphlet. In an effort not to duplicate the printing of information, some of these voting aids are not a part of the state Voters' Pamphlet, but instead are included in your county Voters' Pamphlet. Another page, "Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Individuals with Physical Disabilities," contains information about provisions made for elderly or physically disabled voters.

The Voters' Pamphlet has been compiled by the Secretary of State since 1903, when Oregon became one of the first states to provide for the printing and distribution of such a publication. In 1909, the Legislature passed a law requiring pamphlets to include information on candidates.

One copy of the Voters' Pamphlet is mailed to every household in the state. Additional copies are available at the State Capitol, local post offices, courthouses and all county election offices.

While the candidates' statements appear in alphabetical order by their last name in this voters' pamphlet, you will notice that they appear in a different order on your ballot.

Pursuant to ORS 254.155, the Secretary of State is required to complete a random order of the letters of the alphabet to determine the order in which the names of candidates appear on the ballot.

The alphabet for the 1998 Biennial Primary Election is:

I, P, M, D, A, R, W, N, V, E, Y, B, C, J, G, F, O, Z, Q, X, H, S, T, K, U, L

Due to the passage of Measure 9 in the 1994 General Election, a candidate for statewide office (excluding judges) or the office of state Senator or state Representative may file to voluntarily limit their campaign expenditures. A candidate who chooses to do so files a "Voluntary Declaration of Limitation on Expenditures" with the Secretary of State.

Throughout this Voters' Pamphlet you will notice at the bottom of each candidate statement for a statewide nonjudicial office or the office of state Senator or state Representative a disclaimer which states if that candidate has or has not volunteered to limit expenditures.

The limits for these candidates for the 1998 Biennial Primary Election are as follows:



All other statewide offices
(except for judges)


State Senator


State Representative


The State of Oregon prints measure arguments and candidate statements as submitted by the author. The State does not correct punctuation, grammar, syntax errors or inaccurate information. The only changes made are attempts to correct spelling errors if the word as originally submitted is not in the dictionary.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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