ORS 250.052¹
Official templates of cover and signature sheets
  • electronic template
  • rules

(1) For each state initiative, referendum or recall petition, the Secretary of State shall prepare official templates of the cover and signature sheets for the petition. Except as provided in this section, templates of cover and signature sheets for state initiative and referendum petitions are subject to the requirements of ORS 250.045 (Prospective petition). The templates of signature sheets to be used by persons who are being paid to obtain signatures on the petition shall be a different color from the sheets to be used by persons who are not being paid to obtain signatures on the petition.

(2) A person obtaining signatures on a state initiative, referendum or recall petition may use only the cover and signature sheets contained in the official templates prepared for the petition. A person who is being paid to obtain signatures on the petition shall use the signature sheet template designated for use by persons being paid to obtain signatures. A person who is not being paid to obtain signatures on the petition shall use the signature sheet template designated for use by persons who are not being paid to obtain signatures.

(3) The secretary shall issue templates for a petition only to a chief petitioner of the petition or to an agent designated by a chief petitioner.

(4) The secretary shall issue official templates to a chief petitioner or designated agent not later than:

(a) Three business days after the deadline for filing a petition under ORS 250.085 (Procedure for elector dissatisfied with ballot title of state measure) relating to a ballot title certified by the Attorney General for the state initiative petition or, if a petition is filed with the Supreme Court under ORS 250.085 (Procedure for elector dissatisfied with ballot title of state measure), three business days after the Supreme Court certifies to the Secretary of State a ballot title for the state initiative petition; or

(b) Three business days after a prospective petition is filed under ORS 249.865 (Filing prospective petition) or 250.045 (Prospective petition) for a state recall petition or state referendum petition.

(5) Not later than five business days after the deadline for the secretary to issue templates under subsection (4) of this section, a chief petitioner of a state initiative, referendum or recall petition may submit to the secretary a written request for modification of the templates. The secretary shall approve or disapprove the request not later than five business days after receiving the request. If the secretary disapproves the request, the secretary shall advise the chief petitioner in writing of the reasons for the disapproval.

(6) In addition to the templates prepared under subsections (1) to (5) of this section, for each state initiative, referendum or recall petition, the secretary shall prepare an official electronic template of a signature sheet for the petition. A template prepared under this subsection shall allow space for the signature of one elector. An elector may print a copy of the electronic signature sheet for a petition, sign the sheet and deliver the signed sheet to a chief petitioner or an agent designated by a chief petitioner. Electronic templates described in this subsection are subject to the requirements of ORS 250.045 (Prospective petition), other than ORS 250.045 (Prospective petition) (5), (8) and (9).

(7) The secretary shall adopt rules prescribing the contents and method of production of official templates required under this section. [2007 c.848 §3]

Chapter 250

Law Review Cita­tions

27 WLR 132 (1991); 75 OLR 561 (1996)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 250—Initiative and Referendum, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors250.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 250, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­250ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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