ORS 255.145¹
Preparation of ballot title for certain measures
  • notice

(1) When a prospective petition for a district measure to be referred is filed with the elections officer, the officer shall authorize the circulation of the petition containing the title of the measure as enacted by the district elections authority or, if there is no title, the title supplied by the petitioner filing the prospective petition. The elections officer immediately shall send one copy of the prospective petition to the district attorney of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located.

(2) Not later than the sixth business day after a prospective petition for a district measure to be initiated is filed with the elections officer, the officer shall send one copy of it to the district attorney of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located if the measure to be initiated has been determined to be in compliance with section 1 (2)(d) and (5), Article IV of the Oregon Constitution, as provided in ORS 255.140 (Determination of compliance with constitutional provisions).

(3)(a) Not later than the fifth business day after receiving the copy of the prospective petition, the district attorney shall provide a ballot title for the district measure to be initiated or referred and send one copy of the ballot title to the elections officer. Unless the circuit court certifies a different title, or the district attorney determines that a clerical correction is necessary, this ballot title shall be the title printed on the ballot.

(b) As used in this subsection, “clerical correction” means a typographical, arithmetical or grammatical correction that is evident from the text of the draft or certified ballot title.

(4) A copy of the ballot title shall be furnished to the chief petitioner.

(5)(a) The elections officer, upon receiving a ballot title for a district measure to be referred or initiated from the district attorney, shall publish in the next available edition of a newspaper of general circulation in the district a notice of receipt of the ballot title including notice that an elector may file a petition for review of the ballot title not later than the date referred to in ORS 255.155 (Procedure for elector dissatisfied with title of district measure).

(b) In addition to publishing a notice as described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the elections officer may publish a notice on the county’s website for a minimum of seven days. [1979 c.190 §293; 1985 c.808 §43; 1987 c.707 §20a; 1991 c.719 §29; 1995 c.607 §49; 2005 c.797 §45; 2011 c.607 §12; 2017 c.749 §22]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Procedure for exercise of initiative and referendum powers by school district electors, (1980) Vol 40, p 280

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 255—Special District Elections, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors255.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 255, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano255.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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