ORS 246.110¹
Secretary of State as chief elections officer

The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer of this state, and it is the secretary’s responsibility to obtain and maintain uniformity in the application, operation and interpretation of the election laws. [1957 c.608 §2; 1979 c.190 §5; 1995 c.607 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Secretary of State is proper party named in peti­tion to challenge voters’ pamphlet explana­tion; though her duties are primarily ministerial, she may assume adversarial role if she feels explanatory state­ment warrants her doing so under this sec­tion or such role is mandated by ORS 251.055 (Type of material to be excluded from pamphlet). Teledyne Industries v. Paulus, 297 Or 665, 687 P2d 1077 (1984)

Secretary of State had authority to direct county clerk, and clerk had authority to carry out directive, that city measure which does not comply with state law for ballot place­ment be kept off state primary elec­tion ballot. City of Eugene v. Roberts, 91 Or App 1, 756 P2d 643 (1988), aff’d 305 Or 641, 756 P2d 630 (1988)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 246—Administration of Election Laws; Vote Recording Systems, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors246.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 246, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano246.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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