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Voters' Pamphlet


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Voters with Disabilities

Voters' Pamphlet

Your official 2007 November Special Election Voters' Pamphlet provides you with information about state measures 49 and 50. These measures were referred to the ballot by the 2007 Legislature. Additionally, you can find information about vote-by-mail and voter registration, as well as contact information for county elections officials across the state.

Volume 2 contains a listing of state candidates, statements submitted by candidates and political parties, and information about voting your ballot. It also includes your county voters' pamphlet if your county chooses to produce a voters' pamphlet in combination with the state. Volume 2 will be delivered October 18-20.

For each of the measures in this Voters' Pamphlet you will find the following information:

(1) the ballot title;

(2) the estimate of financial impact;

(3) an explanation of the estimate of financial impact, if determined to be necessary by the committee;

(4) the complete text of the proposed measure;

(5) an impartial statement explaining the measure (explanatory statement); and

(6) any arguments filed by proponents and opponents of the measure.

The ballot title, estimate of financial impact, and explanatory statement for each measure was written by the legislature.

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.

Measure arguments are printed 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.

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 elections offices.

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Una versión en español de algunas partes de la Guía del Elector está a su disposición en el portal del Internet cuya dirección aparece arriba. Conscientes de que este material en línea podría no llegar adecuadamente a todos los electores que necesitan este servicio, se invita a toda persona a imprimir la versión en línea y circularla a aquellos electores que no tengan acceso a una computadora.

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Getting a Replacement Ballot

If your ballot is lost, destroyed, damaged or you make a mistake in marking your ballot, you may call your county elections office and request a replacement ballot. One will be mailed to you as long as you request it by November 1, 2007. After that, you may pick it up at the elections office. If you have already mailed your original ballot before you realize you made a mistake, you have cast your vote and will not be eligible for a replacement ballot.

Your voted ballot must be returned to your county elections office by 8pm election day, Tuesday, November 6, 2007.

Postmarks do not count!

County elections offices are open on election day from 7am to 8pm.

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Voter Information

For questions about voter registration, ballot delivery and return, marking the ballot, requesting a replacement ballot, absentee ballots, signature requirements, the voters' pamphlet, when and where to vote, and other questions about elections and voting, call the toll-free voter information line at 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683).

Voter information line representatives can provide services in both English and Spanish. TTY services for the hearing impaired are also available at 1-866-350-0596.

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What is Vote-by-Mail?

Vote-by-mail is a method of conducting elections. Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on election day, a ballot is automatically mailed to each registered voter. The ballot is then voted and returned to the county elections official to be counted.

As a voter, what do I have to do?
Your ballot packet will automatically be mailed to you between October 19 and October 23, 2007. Inside the packet you will find the ballot, a secrecy envelope and a return envelope. Once you vote the ballot, place it in the secrecy envelope and seal it in the pre-addressed return envelope. Be sure you sign the return envelope on the appropriate line. After that just return the ballot either by mail or at a designated dropsite.

What if I am uncomfortable voting my ballot at home?
Privacy booths are available for you to cast your ballot. There are privacy booths at your county elections office and there may be others at dropsite locations elsewhere in your county. For further information, call your county elections official.

What if my ballot doesn't come?
If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot within a week after they are mailed, call your county elections office. They will check that your voter registration is current. If it is, they will mail you a replacement ballot.

What if I have moved and have not updated my registration?
If you were registered to vote by October 16 but now have a different address, call your county elections office for instructions on how to update your registration and receive a ballot.

Do I have to return my ballot by mail?
You have the choice of mailing your ballot or returning it to any county elections office or any designated dropsite in the state. The times and locations of dropsites are available at your county elections office or online at www.oregonvotes.org.

How much postage is required to mail the ballot back?
Your voted ballot can usually be returned using a single 41¢ stamp. In those instances where additional postage is necessary, it will be clearly indicated on the ballot materials.

When must the voted ballot be returned?
The voted ballot must be received in any county elections office or designated dropsite by 8pm on election night.
Postmarks do not count!

How do I know if my ballot is received?
You can call your county elections office and ask if they received your ballot. A record is kept showing each voter whose ballot has been returned.

Can anyone find out how I've voted once I mail my ballot?
No. All ballots are separated from the return envelope before the ballots are inspected. This process ensures confidentiality.

What if I forget to sign the return envelope?
Generally, your elections office will either return it to you for signing or they will contact you, if possible, to come to the elections office to sign it. If the return envelope does not get signed before 8pm on November 6, the ballot will not be counted.

Can the public watch the election process?
All steps of the process are open to observation by the public. Contact your county elections official to make arrangements.

When will election results be known?
Ballot counting cannot begin until election day. Initial results are released at 8pm election night and will continue to be updated through election night until all ballots have been counted.

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Voters with Disabilities

If, because of a disability, you would like assistance in voting your ballot or you would like to request a cassette or CD version of the voters' pamphlet, call 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683).

Voters with disabilities who need assistance with marking their ballots now have an opportunity to vote privately and independently. Each county elections office in Oregon has been equipped with a voting system for use by voters with disabilities.

Voters with disabilities who use assistive technology such as a computer with a screen reader or screen enlarger application to access printed material now have an alternative to the printed ballot. It is called a HTML (Computer) Ballot. The HTML (Computer) Ballot requires that the voter have a computer, web browser and printer and allows the voter to vote privately and independently from home.

For more information on either of these options call 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683). Voter information line representatives can provide services in both English and Spanish. TTY services for the hearing impaired are also available at 1-866-350-0596.

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Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722