Measure 31

Senate Joint Resolution 19-—Referred to the Electorate of Oregon by the 2003 Legislative Assembly to be voted on at the General Election, November 2, 2004.

Ballot Title

AMENDS CONSTITUTION: AUTHORIZES LAW PERMITTING POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTION FOR PARTICULAR PUBLIC OFFICE WHEN NOMINEE FOR OFFICE DIES

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote amends constitution to authorize law providing that an election for a particular public office may be postponed when nominee for that office dies.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains existing law, which contains no provision permitting postponement of an election for a particular public office when nominee for that office dies.

SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Current law does not provide for the enactment of a law postponing an election for a particular public offices when a nominee for that office dies. Measure authorizes the legislature to enact a law permitting postponement of an election for a particular public office when a candidate nominated for that office dies; in that circumstance, the legislature may enact a law: (1) allowing the postponement of the regularly scheduled election for the office in question; (2) allowing the office in question to be filled at a subsequent election; and (3) prohibiting the votes cast for candidates at the regularly scheduled election for the office in question from being considered. Measure does not affect election process for other candidates or measures on the ballot.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: There is no financial effect on state or local government expenditures or revenues.