ORS 248.015¹
Precinct committeepersons
  • qualifications
  • election
  • vote required
  • term

(1) A precinct committeeperson shall be a representative of the major political party in the precinct. At the primary election a major political party shall elect from its members a precinct committeeperson for every 250 electors, or major fraction thereof, who are registered in the precinct 251 days before the primary election. In any event the political party members of a precinct shall be entitled to elect not less than two committeepersons in the precinct. A person may not hold office as precinct committeeperson in more than one precinct.

(2) A member of a major political party who meets the party membership requirements set forth in ORS 249.046 (Party membership required for nomination of party) may become a candidate for precinct committeeperson of the precinct in which the person is registered, of a precinct within the same county adjoining that precinct or of a precinct that is both in the same county and state Representative district as the precinct in which the person is registered, by filing a declaration of candidacy described in ORS 249.031 (Contents of petition or declaration), except as provided in subsection (3) of this section.

(3) ORS 249.031 (Contents of petition or declaration) (1)(i) does not apply to declarations of candidacy for candidates for precinct committeeperson.

(4) A member of the major political party who has been a member of that party for 180 days before the primary election may be elected by write-in votes as precinct committeeperson of the precinct in which the member is registered, of a precinct within the same county adjoining that precinct or of a precinct that is both in the same county and state Representative district as the precinct in which the person is registered. A member elected by write-in votes must meet the requirements for write-in candidates set forth in this section and ORS 248.019 (Write-in candidate for precinct committeeperson) or 248.021 (Nomination of separate elector as precinct committeeperson).

(5) Unless a qualified person receives at least three votes, no person is deemed to have been elected as precinct committeeperson and the office of precinct committeeperson shall be vacant.

(6) The term of office of a precinct committeeperson is from the 24th day after the date of the primary election until the 24th day after the date of the next following primary election.

(7) A precinct committeeperson is not considered a public officer. [1965 c.407 §§3, 7; subsection (6) enacted as 1967 c.540 §3(3); 1969 c.282 §1; 1977 c.199 §1; 1977 c.644 §1; 1979 c.190 §73; 1981 c.862 §1; 1991 c.87 §1; 1991 c.107 §3; 1995 c.712 §17; 2019 c.675 §26]

Chapter 248

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Personal liability of of­fi­cers, employes and delegates or precinct committee members of po­lit­i­cal party’s state or county central committee, for committee obliga­tions, (1979) Vol 39, p 759; constitu­tionality of statutes governing county and state central committees of major po­lit­i­cal parties, (1981) Vol 42, p 93

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 248—Political Parties; Presidential Electors, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors248.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 248, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano248.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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