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.
The estimate of financial impact for each measure is prepared by a committee of state officials including the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer, the Director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the Director of the Department of Revenue. The committee estimates only the direct impact on state and local governments.
The explanatory statement is an impartial statement explaining the measure. Each measure's explanatory statement is written by a committee of five members, including two proponents of the measure, two opponents of the measure and a fifth member appointed by the first four committee members, or, if they fail to agree on a fifth member, appointed by the Secretary of State. Explanatory statements can be appealed and may be changed by the Oregon Supreme Court.
Citizens or organizations may file arguments in favor of, or in opposition to, measures by purchasing space for $500 or by submitting a petition signed by 1,000 voters. Arguments in favor of a measure appear first, followed by arguments in opposition to the measure, and are printed in the order in which they are filed with the Secretary of State's office.
Additionally, the state measures were referred to Oregon voters by the Legislature and you will find a "Legislative Argument in Support" for each of these measures. Oregon law allows the Legislature to submit, at no cost, an argument in support of each measure it refers to the people.
In the candidate section, partisan candidates appear before nonpartisan candidates. Every two years, at the primary election, the order in which each major political party's candidates appear is rotated. 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 congressional and district maps, drop site locations and a complete list of the state measures and candidates, 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, if your county has produced a Voters' Pamphlet.
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. 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.
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 2002 Primary Election is:
W, H, G, B, K, T, I, F, A, Z, D, O, U, N, M, E, J, C, V, S, R, Q, X, L, Y, P
County Elections Offices are open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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