2017 ORS 254.135¹
Official general or special election ballots

(1) The official general or special election ballot shall be styled “Official Ballot” and shall state:

(a) The name of the county for which it is intended.

(b) The date of the election.

(c) The names of all candidates for offices to be filled at the election whose nominations have been made and accepted and who have not died, withdrawn or become disqualified. The ballot may not contain the name of any other person.

(d) The number, ballot title and financial estimates under ORS 250.125 (Estimate of financial impact of state measures) of any measure to be voted on at the election.

(2) The names of candidates for President and Vice President of the United States shall be printed in groups together, with their political party designations. The names of the electors may not be printed on the general election ballot. A vote for the candidates for President and Vice President is a vote for the group of presidential electors supporting those candidates and selected as provided by law. The general election ballot shall state that electors of President and Vice President are being elected and that a vote for the candidates for President and Vice President shall be a vote for the electors supporting those candidates.

(3)(a) The name of each candidate nominated shall be printed on the ballot in but one place, without regard to how many times the candidate may have been nominated, except in circumstances where a candidate may hold more than one office or nomination without violating ORS 249.013 (Candidacy for more than one office). The name of a political party, or names of political parties, shall be printed with the name of a candidate for other than nonpartisan office according to the following rules:

(A) For a candidate not affiliated with a political party who is nominated by a minor political party, the name of the minor political party shall be printed with the name of the candidate;

(B) For a candidate not affiliated with a political party who is nominated by more than one minor political party, the names of not more than three minor political parties selected by the candidate shall be printed with the name of the candidate;

(C) For a candidate who is a member of a political party who is nominated by a political party of which the candidate is not a member, the name of the political party that nominated the candidate shall be printed with the name of the candidate;

(D) For a candidate who is a member of a political party who is nominated by more than one political party of which the candidate is not a member, the names of not more than three political parties selected by the candidate shall be printed with the name of the candidate;

(E) For a candidate who is nominated only by a political party of which the candidate is a member, the name of the political party of which the candidate is a member shall be printed with the name of the candidate; and

(F) For a candidate who is nominated by a political party of which the candidate is a member and by any political party or parties of which the candidate is not a member, the name of the political party of which the candidate is a member and the names of not more than two other political parties selected by the candidate shall be printed with the name of the candidate.

(b) If a candidate is required to select the name of a political party to be printed on the ballot under paragraph (a) of this subsection, the candidate shall notify the filing officer of the selection not later than the 61st day before the day of the election.

(c) The word “incumbent” shall be printed with the name of each candidate for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Oregon Tax Court or circuit court who is designated the incumbent by the Secretary of State under ORS 254.085 (Secretary of State’s statement of offices, candidates and measures).

(d) The word “nonaffiliated” shall be printed with the name of each candidate who is not affiliated with a political party and who is nominated by an assembly of electors or individual electors.

(e) If two or more candidates for the same office have the same or similar surnames, the location of their places of residence shall be printed with their names to distinguish one from another.

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3)(a) of this section, the name of a candidate nominated for more than one district office that is to be filled at the same election shall be separately printed upon the ballot for each district office for which the candidate is nominated. [Formerly 250.110; 1983 c.7 §5; 1985 c.742 §3; 1991 c.971 §12; 1993 c.493 §38; 1995 c.606 §7; 1999 c.410 §46; 2005 c.797 §46; 2007 c.154 §25; 2009 c.798 §2; 2012 c.102 §1; 2014 c.67 §2; 2014 c.112 §2; 2017 c.749 §28]

(formerly 250.110)

See also annota­tions under ORS 250.110 in permanent edi­tion.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Entering new, judicially changed name of nominee on general elec­tion ballot, (1972) Vol 36, p 45; constitu­tionality of 180-day party registra­tion require­ment, (1974) Vol 36, p 875; write-in vote for candidate who is a registered member of a different party than that of voter, (1978) Vol 38, p 2166

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 254—Conduct of Elections, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors254.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 254, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano254.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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