ORS 260.665¹
Undue influence to affect registration, voting, candidacy
  • solicitation of money or other benefits

(1) As used in this section, "undue influence" means force, violence, restraint or the threat of it, inflicting injury, damage, harm, loss of employment or other loss or the threat of it, or giving or promising to give money, employment or other thing of value.

(2) A person, acting either alone or with or through any other person, may not directly or indirectly subject any person to undue influence with the intent to induce any person to:

(a) Register or vote;

(b) Refrain from registering or voting;

(c) Register or vote in any particular manner;

(d) Be or refrain from or cease being a candidate;

(e) Contribute or refrain from contributing to any candidate, political party or political committee;

(f) Render or refrain from rendering services to any candidate, political party or political committee;

(g) Challenge or refrain from challenging a person offering to vote; or

(h) Apply or refrain from applying for an absentee ballot.

(3) A person may not solicit or accept money or other thing of value as an inducement to act as prohibited by subsection (2) of this section.

(4) This section does not prohibit:

(a) The employment of persons to render services to candidates, political parties or political committees;

(b) The public distribution by candidates, political parties or political committees of sample ballots or other items readily available to the public without charge, even though the distributor incurs costs in the distribution;

(c) Public or nonpromissory statements by or on behalf of a candidate of the candidate’s intentions or purposes if elected;

(d) A promise by a candidate to employ any person as administrative assistant, secretary or other direct personal aide;

(e) Free custody and care of minor children of persons during the time those persons are absent from those children for voting purposes;

(f) For persons voting, free transportation to and from places designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) or to and from locations described in ORS 254.472 (Compartments for marking ballots) or 254.474 (Voting booths for primary and general elections); but no means of advertising, solicitation or inducement to influence the vote of persons transported may be used with that transportation;

(g) Individuals or political committees from providing refreshments incidental to a gathering in support of or in opposition to a candidate, political committee or measure; or

(h) The public distribution of registration cards by a person approved by the Secretary of State under ORS 247.171 (State and federal voter registration cards) to print, copy or otherwise prepare and distribute registration cards, even though the distributor incurs costs in the distribution. [Formerly 260.412; 1983 c.83 §31; 1987 c.464 §1; 1987 c.727 §10; 1989 c.173 §2; 2001 c.960 §1; 2007 c.154 §53]

See also annota­tions under ORS 260.412 in permanent edi­tion.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Prohibi­tions against inducing a "diversionary" candidacy, (1976) Vol 37, p 1026

Chapter 260

Notes of Decisions

Challenge to ballot title on basis it did not conform to ORS 310.315 is within jurisdic­tion of Tax Court. Gugler v. Baker School Dist. 5-J, 12 OTR 162 (1992)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion to committee collecting contribu­tions to es­tab­lish fund to defray elected official's expenses incurred in performing po­lit­i­cal func­tions of office, (1980) Vol 40, p 11; preemp­tion by federal law of campaign financing with respect to federal candidates, (1981) Vol 41, p 420

Law Review Cita­tions

50 OLR 299-321 (1971); 55 OLR 253-266 (1976)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 260—Campaign Finance Regulation; Election Offenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors260.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 260, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­260ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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