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Get to know Oregon's ballot measures

Below is the list of Oregon's seven statewide ballot measures that voters will decide Nov. 4, 2014. Source: Oregon's Voters' Pamphlet.

Click to jump to a measure:

Measure 86 - Oregon Student Opportunity Fund
Measure 87 - Employment of state judges with National Guard, universities
Measure 88 - Driver cards
Measure 89 - Equal Rights Amendment
Measure 90 - "Top-two" primary
Measure 91 - Legalizing, regulating marijuana
Measure 92 - GMO labeling

Measure 86 - Creates fund for post-secondary education - Amends Oregon Constitution

A "Yes" vote would: "'Yes'" vote amends constitution and requires legislature to establish fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education, career training; authorizes state to incur debt to finance fund."

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote rejects authorization for state to extend credit and incur debt to create dedicated fund for Oregon students pursuing post-secondary education and career training."

Highlights:

  • Directs the Legislature to create Oregon Student Opportunity Fund
  • Moneys to be used by students pursuing post-secondary education
  • State may incur debt, lend credit to finance fund
  • Bonding for the fund is allowed up to 1 percent of real market value of all property in the state
  • Legislature may use fund for other uses only if an emergency is declared. But must refund moneys used.

Read the text of Measure 86 and the arguments for and against it on Oregon SOS website

Measure 87 - Employment of state judges with the Oregon National Guard and state public universities - Amends Oregon Constitution

A "Yes" vote would: "'Yes'" vote amends constitution to permit state judges to be employed by Oregon National Guard for military service purposes, state public universities for teaching purposes."

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote retains existing constitutional restrictions on employment of Oregon state court judges by the Oregon National Guard and by the state public university system."

Highlights:

  • Allows state court judges to be employed by the Oregon National Guard and to teach at state public universities.

Read the text of Measure 87 on Oregon SOS website

Measure 88 - Driver cards for those who can't provide proof of legal residency in the U.S.

A "Yes" vote would: "'Yes'" vote directs Department of Transportation to issue "driver card" to Oregon resident meeting specified eligibility, without requiring proof of legal presence in United States."

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote rejects law directing Department of Transportation to issue "driver card" to eligible Oregon resident without requiring proof of legal presence in United States."

Highlights:

  • Directs DMV to issue driver cards to those who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally.
  • Requires proof of at least one year residency in Oregon
  • Requires proof of identity and date of birth
  • Driver card cannot be used for air travel, to enter a federal building, to vote or to obtain government benefits that require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence

Measure 89 - Equal Rights Amendment - Amends Oregon Constitution

A "Yes" vote would: "'Yes'" vote amends state constitution, prohibits state and any political subdivision from denying or abridging equality of rights under the law on account of sex."

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote retains current prohibition on laws granting/denying privileges or immunities on account of sex, unless justified by specific biological differences between men/women."

Highlights:

  • Creates new section in Constitution that expressly states that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the state or any political subdivision on account of sex."

Read more about Measure 89 and the arguments for and against it on Oregon SOS website.

Measure 90 - "Top-two" primary

A "Yes" vote would: "'Yes'" vote replaces general election nomination processes for most partisan offices; all candidates listed on one single primary ballot; two advance to general election ballot."

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote retains current general election nomination processes, including party primaries for major parties; separate primary ballots; multiple candidates can appear on general election ballot."

Highlights:

  • Replaces current system of partisan primary
  • Allows voters of any party to choose candidates of any party during primary elections for most partisan offices, except presidential.
  • Only top-two candidates regardless of party from primary will appear on General Election ballot.

Measure 91 - Legalizes, regulates marijuana

A "Yes" vote would: "'Yes'" vote allows possession, authorizes in-state manufacture, processing, sale of marijuana by/to adults; licensing, regulation, taxation by state; retains current medical marijuana laws."

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote retains laws classifying cannabis as a controlled substance; prohibiting most sale, possession, manufacture of cannabis; permitting production, possession of cannabis for medical use."

Highlights:

  • Allows possession and sale of marijuana to adults
  • Tax revenues from production of marijuana would be distributed to schools, mental health/drug,alcohol services, state police and local law enforcement

Measure 92 - GMO food labeling

A "Yes" vote would: "Yes" vote requires the labeling of raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by "genetic engineering," effective January 2016; applies to retailers, suppliers, manufacturers.

A "No" vote would: "'No'" vote retains existing law, which does not require "genetically engineered" food to be labeled as such."

Highlights:

  • Requires retailer to label "genetically engineered" food as such
  • Permits state or citizen to sue manufacturers/retailers for violations

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