ORS 250.315¹
Filing officer
  • filing requirements
  • signature verification

(1) An initiative or referendum petition relating to a city measure shall be filed with the city elections officer for signature verification. The filed petition shall contain only original signatures.

(2) An initiative or referendum petition relating to a city measure shall not be accepted for filing if it contains less than 100 percent of the required number of signatures.

(3) For any petition requiring a number of signatures exceeding 4,500, the Secretary of State by rule shall designate a statistical sampling technique to verify whether a petition contains the required number of signatures of electors. A petition may not be rejected for the reason that it contains less than the required number of signatures unless two separate sampling processes both establish that the petition lacks the required number of signatures. The second sampling must contain a larger number of signatures than the first sampling.

(4) The Secretary of State may employ professional assistance to determine the sampling technique referred to in subsection (3) of this section. [1979 c.190 §168; 1989 c.68 §8; 1991 c.580 §3]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Verifica­tion of signatures on peti­tion for referendum before filing, (1980) Vol 40, p 486

Chapter 250

Notes of Decisions

Initiative measure filed in elec­tion cycle must satisfy all statutory and constitu­tional require­ments and be placed on ballot in that elec­tion cycle; if proponents wish to put measure on ballot at an­oth­er elec­tion, they must start initiative process over during next elec­tion cycle. Unger v. Rosenblum, 362 Or 210, 407 P3d 817 (2017)

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/­ors/­ors250.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 250, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano250.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information