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Two Campaign Finance Reform Initiatives Qualify For November Ballot

The Secretary of State today announced that both of the campaign finance reform initiatives sponsored by FairElections Oregon have qualified for the November 2006 general election ballot.
Supporters of the two measures filed over 280,000 signatures on Initiative Petitions 8 and 37. "These signatures have been gathered with an enormous effort that has included over 650 volunteer circulators and over 1,200 individual contributors," said David Delk, a chief petitioner on Petition 8.

"Oregon politics is completely dominated by big money. These measures will get big money out of Oregon politics," added Harry Lonsdale, a supporter or both initiatives.

Much additional information about the measures is at
Fair Elections Oregon

Here is a summary of both measures:
Summaries

Here is our latest informative flyer:
Flyer

Here is the text of Initiative Petition 8:
Text, Petition 8
It appears that this will be numbered Measure 46.

Here is the text of Initiative Petition 37:
Text, Petition 37
It appears that this will be numbered Measure 47.

Petition 8 is a constitutional amendment that allows limits on campaign contributions in Oregon. We need this, because the Oregon Supreme Court in 1997 ruled that the Oregon Constitution now does not allow any limits on political contributions in any race for state or local public office.

Petition 37 is a statute that would enact a comprehensive system of campaign finance reform for candidate elections, including a ban on corporate contributions and limits on individual contributions to $500 in any statewide race and $100 in any non-statewide race. It allows unlimited contributions by Small Donor Committees that combine donations from individuals of $50 or less per year.

Our endorsers include the Sierra Club of Oregon, Alliance for Democracy, OSPIRG, Pacific Green Party, Clackamas County Democratic Party, Health Care for All Oregon, Oregon Gray Panthers, and many others.

And Furthermore 28.Jul.2006 17:17

Relay

More information surfacing on this issue.............

It may appear from the information distributed by the Secretary of State that Petition 8 was close to not qualifying for the ballot.


This is not accurate. Petition 8 qualified on the first sample, which is only 1000 signatures out of the 152,127 submitted on valid sheets. Of those 1000 signatures, 768 were found to be valid, producing a validity rate of 76.8%. Similarly, the number of valid signatures on Petition 37 was 762, producing a validity rate of 76.2%.



The Secretary of State then applies several adjustments to these results. First, he subtracts 2.2% to find the lower margin of error. Then he subtracts an additional 8% based upon a statutory assumption that 8% of all of the signatures submitted are duplicates by voters who have signed the petition more than once. So, the validity percentage he reports on the first sample is actually more than 10 percentage points below the validity rate found by the county elections offices.



If a petition fails the first sample, it goes to the second sample, which is equal to 5% of the signatures submitted, minus 1000. For Petition 8, that would be about 6,600 additional signatures. The results of the second sample are not adjusted for assumed duplicates. Instead, when a duplicate pair of signatures is found, the total number of signatures is reduced by 400. If the petitioners have data-entered the names and addresses of those who have signed the petition, and have already stricken the duplicates ("scrubbing") before submitting the signature sheets to the Secretary of State, then they can expect a result on the second sample that is about 8% higher than on the first sample. Since we did that, we would expect our results on a second sample to be significantly higher than the results on the first sample.




Of the petitions submitted on July 7 with a realistic chance of succeeding, only Petition 86, the Open Primary measure, has gone to the second sample stage (although Petition 24 may be heading there). We understand that the Petition 86 petitioners did scrub their sheets for duplicates. Thus, we would expect the results reported by the Secretary of State of Petition 86 to be far higher than the results reported for all of the other petitions submitted on July 7, because those results will not have the 8% deduction for assumed duplicates and will not have the 2.2% adjustment for the statistical margin of error.

duh, now if they just count the votes! 28.Jul.2006 19:15

jc

We use scanners to count our paper ballots. Although there is a paper trail, it isn't audited. The scanners rely on software to operate. Faith based voting.