DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE
On November 2, 1999, Oregon will conduct a special statewide election to decide nine ballot measures referred to voters by the 1999 Legislature. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between October 13 and 15. This election is the eighth statewide election conducted by mail, continuing Oregon's tradition of innovation and service to its citizens.
You will receive a ballot only if you are registered to vote in Oregon by October 12. To register to vote, or to update a registration, see the section of this Voters' Pamphlet entitled, "Voter Registration."
In this Voters' Pamphlet, you will find information about each referred measure, including the complete text of the measure, an estimate of its direct financial effect on government revenues and expenditures, a short explanation written by a committee of Oregonians knowledgeable about the measure, and arguments for and against each measure. Space for arguments is sold to anyone who pays the $300 fee or submits the signatures of 1,000 registered voters.
As you acquaint yourself with the measures, you will read fiscal impact statements that have been prepared by a committee of state officials. Under state law, the committee is allowed to estimate only the "direct impact" on state and local governments. These are estimates based on the best information readily available; indirect consequences or costs that are too conjectural are not included. Other potential impacts--to businesses, families, the economy, etc.--are not included in these estimates. You will need to derive that information from the arguments of the proponents and opponents and from your own calculations. If the committee cannot determine that the direct costs exceed $100,000 a year, state law requires the committee's financial impact statement to say "No financial effect on state or local government expenditures or revenues."
The information contained in this Voters' Pamphlet is also available in the Online Voters' Guide published by the Secretary of State on the World Wide Web at:
Sight-impaired persons can obtain a tape copy of this Voters' Pamphlet by calling Independent Living Resources at (503) 232-7411.
Please make sure you are registered to vote by October 12 and that your voted ballot is received by your county elections official by 8 p.m. November 2. Postmarks do not count.
Secretary of State