2017 ORS 246.200¹
County clerk to conduct elections
  • exceptions

(1) Except as otherwise provided by law, the county clerk is the only elections officer who may conduct an election in this state. For purposes of this section, the conduct of an election includes, but is not limited to, establishing precincts, preparing ballots and sample ballots, and receiving and processing votes.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section:

(a) The county clerk is not the only elections officer who may accept and verify a filing for nomination or filing of a petition, prepare a voters’ pamphlet or ballot title, or prepare or publish an election notice; and

(b) The Secretary of State may receive ballots as provided in ORS 253.585 (Receipt of military or overseas elector ballots by Secretary of State). [1979 c.317 §1; 1983 c.350 §63a; 1987 c.535 §1; 2003 c.64 §3; 2007 c.154 §4]

Notes of Decisions

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 (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 246, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano246.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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