ORS 254.555¹
Secretary of State’s duties after election
  • Governor’s proclamation

(1) Except as provided in ORS 254.548 (Individual nominated or elected by write-in votes), not later than the 30th day after any election, the Secretary of State, regarding offices for which the secretary receives filings for nomination, shall:

(a) Canvass the votes for the offices, except the office of Governor after the general election.

(b) Enter in a register of nominations after the primary election the name and, if applicable, major political party of each candidate nominated, the office for which the candidate is nominated and the date of entry.

(c) Prepare and deliver a certificate of nomination or election to each candidate having the most votes for nomination for or election to the office. The Secretary of State shall sign the certificate under the seal of the state.

(d) Issue a proclamation declaring the election of candidates to the offices.

(2) Not later than the 30th day after the election:

(a) The Secretary of State, regarding measures for which the secretary is the filing officer, shall canvass the votes for each measure.

(b) The Governor shall issue a proclamation giving the number of votes cast for or against each such measure, and declaring the approved measures as the law on the effective date of the measure. If two or more approved measures contain conflicting provisions, the Governor shall proclaim which is paramount. [1979 c.190 §277; 1987 c.267 §53; 1995 c.712 §67; 1997 c.249 §76; 1999 c.999 §56; 2005 c.157 §3; 2011 c.9 §32]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

Secretary of State has duty to withhold certifica­tion for general elec­tion of candidate who he knows is ineligible, even though candidate receives highest number of votes in primary elec­tion. McAlmond v. Myers, 262 Or 521, 500 P2d 457 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 254—Conduct of Elections, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors254.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 254, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano254.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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