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General Information

Voters' Pamphlet

Measures

Candidates

Random Alphabet

Website

Español

Getting a Replacement Ballot

Voter Information

Vote by Mail Frequently Asked Questions

Provisional Ballot Information

Voters with Disabilities



Voters' Pamphlet

Your official 2008 Primary Election Voters' Pamphlet provides you with information about measures and candidates that will appear on your ballot.

Miscellaneous voting aids, including dropsite locations, a complete list of state candidates, and instructions for marking your ballot, checking your ballot and getting a replacement ballot, are also a part of the voters' pamphlet. In an effort not to duplicate the printing of information, some of these voting aids are not a part of the state voters' pamphlet, but instead are included in your county voters' pamphlet, if your county has produced a voters' pamphlet.

Candidate statements and measure arguments are printed as submitted. The state does not correct punctuation, grammar, syntax errors or inaccurate information. The only changes made are attempts to correct spelling errors if the word as originally submitted is not in the dictionary.

The voters' pamphlet has been compiled by the Secretary of State since 1903, when Oregon became one of the first states to provide for the printing and distribution of such a publication. One copy of the voters' pamphlet is mailed to every household in the state. Additional copies are available at the Secretary of State's office, local post offices, courthouses and all county elections offices.

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Measures

There are three statewide measures on the ballot that were referred to the voters by the 2007 Legislature. For each of these measures, you will find the following information in this voters' pamphlet:

  1. the ballot title;
  2. the estimate of financial impact;
  3. the complete text of the proposed measure;
  4. an impartial statement explaining the measure (explanatory statement);
  5. a legislative argument in support of the measure; and
  6. any arguments filing by proponents and opponents of the measure.

Citizens or organizations may file arguments in favor of, or in opposition to, measures by purchasing space for $500 or by submitting a petition signed by 1,000 voters. Arguments in favor of a measure appear first, followed by arguments in opposition to the measure, and are printed in the order in which they are filed with the Secretary of State's office.

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Candidates

In the primary election, candidates are divided into three sections: Democratic candidates, Republican candidates and nonpartisan candidates. Major political party candidates appear before nonpartisan candidates and every two years the order in which major political party candidates appear is rotated. For 2008, Democratic candidates appear first.

All space is purchased: statements and photographs are submitted by the candidates or their designated agents. The information required by law—pertaining to occupation, occupational background, educational background and prior governmental experience—has been certified as true by each candidate.

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Random Alphabet

While the candidates' statements for candidates running for the same office appear in alphabetical order by their last name in this voters' pamphlet, you will notice that they appear in a different order on your ballot.

Oregon statute (ORS 254.155) requires the Secretary of State to complete a random order of the letters of the alphabet to determine the order in which the names of candidates appear on the ballot.

The alphabet for the 2008 Primary Election is:

Q, H, B, A, U, Y, S , K, C, F, E, V, D, J, R, G, M, T, I, O, Z, L, W, N, P, X

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Website

Most of the information contained in this voters' pamphlet is also available in the Online Voters' Guide at www.oregonvotes.org.

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Español

Una versión en español de algunas partes de la Guía del Elector está a su disposición en el portal del Internet cuya dirección aparece arriba. Conscientes de que este material en línea podría no llegar adecuadamente a todos los electores que necesitan este servicio, se invita a toda persona a imprimir la versión en línea y circularla a aquellos electores que no tengan acceso a una computadora.

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Getting a Replacement Ballot

If your ballot is lost, destroyed, damaged or you make a mistake in marking your ballot, you may call your county elections office and request a replacement ballot. One will be mailed to you as long as you request it by May 15. After that, you may pick it up at the elections office. If you have already mailed your original ballot before you realize you made a mistake, you have cast your vote and will not be eligible for a replacement ballot.

Your voted ballot must be returned to your county elections office by 8pm election day, Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

Postmarks do not count!

County elections offices are open on election day from 7am to 8pm.

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Voter Information

For questions about voter registration, ballot delivery and return, marking the ballot, requesting a replacement ballot, absentee ballots, signature requirements, the voters' pamphlet, when and where to vote, and other questions about elections and voting, call the toll-free voter information line at 1-866-ORE-VOTE (1-866-673-8683).

Voter information line representatives can provide services in both English and Spanish. TTY services for the hearing impaired are also available at 1-800-735-2900.

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Vote by Mail Frequently Asked Questions

What is Vote by Mail?

Vote by mail is a method of conducting elections. Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on election day, a ballot is automatically mailed to each registered voter. The ballot is then voted and returned to the county elections official to be counted.

As a voter, what do I have to do?

Your ballot packet will automatically be mailed to you between May 2 and 6, 2008. Inside the packet you will find the ballot, a secrecy envelope and a return envelope. Once you vote the ballot, place it in the secrecy envelope and seal it in the pre-addressed return envelope. Be sure you sign the return envelope on the appropriate line. After that just return the ballot either by mail or at a designated dropsite.

What if I am uncomfortable voting my ballot at home?

Privacy booths are available for you to cast your ballot. There are privacy booths at your county elections office and there may be others at dropsite locations elsewhere in your county. For further information, call your county elections official.

What if my ballot doesn't come?

If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot within a week after they are mailed, call your county elections office. They will check that your voter registration is current. If it is, they will mail you a replacement ballot.

What if I have moved and have not updated my registration?

If you were registered to vote by April 29 but now have a different address, call your county elections office for instructions on how to update your registration and receive a ballot.

Do I have to return my ballot by mail?

You have the choice of mailing your ballot or returning it to any county elections office or any designated dropsite in the state. The times and locations of dropsites are available at your county elections office.

How much postage is required to mail the ballot back?

Your voted ballot can usually be returned using a single firstclass stamp (41¢ prior to May 12 and 42¢ on or after May 12). In those instances where additional postage is necessary, it will be clearly indicated on the ballot materials.

When must the voted ballot be returned?

The voted ballot must be received in any county elections office or designated dropsite by 8pm on election night. Postmarks do not count!

How do I know if my ballot is received?

You can call your county elections office and ask if they received your ballot. A record is kept showing each voter whose ballot has been returned.

Can anyone find out how I've voted once I mail my ballot?

No. All ballots are separated from the return envelope before the ballots are inspected. This process ensures confidentiality.

What if I forget to sign the return envelope?

Generally, your elections office will either return it to you for signing or they will contact you, if possible, to come to the elections office to sign it. If the return envelope does not get signed before 8pm on May 20, the ballot will not be counted.

Can the public watch the election process?

All steps of the process are open to observation by the public. Contact your county elections official to make arrangements.

When will election results be known?

Ballot counting cannot begin until election day. Initial results are released at 8pm election night and will continue to be updated through election night until all ballots have been counted.

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Provisional Ballot Information

You will be issued a provisional ballot if:

  • there is a question about your eligibility as a voter (for example, there is no evidence on file that you are an active or inactive voter in Oregon)
  • you need to vote at a County Elections Office in a county other than the one you live in

In order to obtain a provisional ballot, you need to fill out a Provisional Ballot Request Form in person at the County Elections Office.

Your provisional ballot will not be counted until it is determined that you are eligible to vote.

After you have voted the ballot, you can call 1-866-ORE-VOTE (1-866-673-8683) or the County Elections Office in which you voted to find out if your ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can also find out the reason it was not counted.

If it is determined that you are ineligible to vote in this election, the completed Provisional Ballot Request Form will serve as your voter registration for future elections.

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Voters with Disabilities

If, because of a disability, you would like assistance in voting your ballot or you would like to request a cassette or CD version of the voters' pamphlet, call 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683).

Voters with disabilities who need assistance with marking their ballots now have an opportunity to vote privately and independently. Each county elections office in Oregon has been equipped with a voting system for use by voters with disabilities.

Voters with disabilities who use assistive technology such as a computer with a screen reader or screen enlarger application to access printed material now have an alternative to the printed ballot. It is called a HTML (Computer) Ballot. The HTML (Computer) Ballot requires that the voter have a computer, web browser and printer and allows the voter to vote privately and independently from home.

For more information on either of these options call 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683). Voter information line representatives can provide services in both English and Spanish. TTY services for the hearing impaired are also available at 1-866-350-0596.

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