2015 ORS 260.695¹
Prohibitions relating to voting

(1)(a) If a person prints or circulates an imitation of the ballot or sample ballot:

(A) The imitation ballot or sample ballot and the back of any return envelope enclosed with the ballot or sample ballot shall state the following: "THIS IS NOT A REAL BALLOT. DO NOT USE TO VOTE." The statement on the imitation ballot or sample ballot shall be in bold print that is at least two times as large as the majority of the text on the ballot or sample ballot or 20-point type, whichever is larger. The statement on the back of a return envelope shall be in bold print that is at least 36-point type.

(B) The word "UNOFFICIAL" must be superimposed on the imitation ballot or sample ballot so that the word extends diagonally across the ballot from one margin of the text to the other. The superimposed word may be printed in lighter ink than other text on the ballot or sample ballot.

(b) For purposes of this subsection, an imitation of the ballot or sample ballot includes an imitation of a portion of the ballot or sample ballot.

(2) A person may not do any electioneering, including circulating any cards or handbills, or soliciting of signatures to any petition, within any building in which any state or local government elections office designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) is located, or within 100 feet measured radially from any entrance to the building. A person may not do any electioneering by public address system located more than 100 feet from an entrance to the building if the person is capable of being understood within 100 feet of the building. The electioneering need not relate to the election being conducted. This subsection applies during the business hours of the building or, if the building is a county elections office, during the hours the office is open to the public, during the period beginning on the date that ballots are mailed to electors as provided in ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) and ending on election day at 8 p.m. or when all persons waiting in line at the building who began the act of voting as described in ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) (10) by 8 p.m. have finished voting.

(3) A person may not obstruct an entrance of a building in which ballots are issued or a place designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) or any voting booth maintained under ORS 254.474 (Voting booths for primary and general elections) is located. This subsection applies during the period beginning on the date that ballots are mailed to electors as provided in ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) and ending on election day at 8 p.m. or when all persons waiting in line at the building or location who began the act of voting as described in ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) (10) by 8 p.m. have finished voting.

(4) A person may not vote or offer to vote in any election knowing the person is not entitled to vote.

(5) A person may not make a false statement about the person’s inability to mark a ballot.

(6) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties or another person providing assistance to an elector as described in ORS 254.445 (Assistance in marking ballot), may not ask a person at any place designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) or at any location described in ORS 254.472 (Compartments for marking ballots) or 254.474 (Voting booths for primary and general elections) for whom that person intends to vote, or examine or attempt to examine the person’s ballot.

(7) An elections official, other than in the performance of duties, may not disclose to any person any information by which it can be ascertained for whom any elector has voted.

(8) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties, may not do anything to a ballot to permit identification of the person who voted.

(9) An elector may not willfully leave at any place designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) or at any location described in ORS 254.472 (Compartments for marking ballots) or 254.474 (Voting booths for primary and general elections) anything that will show how the elector’s ballot was marked.

(10) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties, may not remove a ballot from any place designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) or any location described in ORS 254.472 (Compartments for marking ballots) or 254.474 (Voting booths for primary and general elections).

(11) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties or a person authorized by that official, may not willfully deface, remove, alter or destroy a posted election notice.

(12) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties, may not willfully remove, alter or destroy election equipment or supplies, or break the seal or open any sealed package containing election supplies.

(13) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties, may not provide elections advice or attempt to collect voted ballots within any building in which any state or local government elections office designated for the deposit of ballots under ORS 254.470 (Procedures for conducting election by mail) is located, or within 100 feet measured radially from any entrance to the building.

(14) A person, except an elections official in performance of duties, may not establish a location to collect ballots voted by electors unless:

(a) The person prominently displays at the location a sign stating: "NOT AN OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP SITE"; and

(b) The sign is printed in all capital letters in bold 50-point type. [1979 c.190 §390; 1993 c.713 §37; 1999 c.318 §44; 2001 c.805 §5; 2001 c.965 §16; 2007 c.154 §55; 2007 c.881 §10; 2010 c.35 §1; 2014 c.67 §6; 2014 c.112 §6]

Notes of Decisions

In General

Prohibi­tion against wearing of po­lit­i­cal buttons, badges or insignia within polling place is unconstitu­tional infringe­ment of elector's right to free speech. Picray v. Secretary of State, 140 Or App 592, 916 P2d 324 (1996), aff'd 325 Or 279, 936 P2d 974 (1997)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 260.650)

Applica­tion of pro­hi­bi­­tion against elec­tioneering to circula­tion of initiative peti­tions, (1972) Vol 35, p 1233; poll book or public record relating to elec­tion as subject to public inspec­tion, (1977) Vol 38, p 1318

Chapter 260

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion to committee collecting contribu­tions to es­tab­lish fund to defray elected official's expenses incurred in performing po­lit­i­cal func­tions of office, (1980) Vol 40, p 11; preemp­tion by federal law of campaign financing with respect to federal candidates, (1981) Vol 41, p 420

Law Review Cita­tions

50 OLR 299-321 (1971); 55 OLR 253-266 (1976)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 260—Campaign Finance Regulation; Election Offenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors260.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 260, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano260.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.