PHIL KEISLING
SECRETARY OF STATE

SUZANNE TOWNSEND
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE

STATE OF OREGON
SECRETARY OF STATE

136 STATE CAPITOL
SALEM, OREGON 97310-0722
(503) 986-1500

Dear Oregonian:

THIS IS VOLUME 2 OF A 2 VOLUME 1998 GENERAL ELECTION VOTERS' PAMPHLET. Earlier this month you should have received Volume 1, relating to statewide ballot measures. If you have not received Volume 1, please call the Oregon Elections Division at 503-986-1518.

Volume 1 contains the ballot titles, text, fiscal impact and explanatory statements, and arguments in support or opposition for the 14 state measures on the ballot. It also contains important information about registering to vote, updating your voter registration and obtaining absentee ballots from your county elections official. If you, or any eligible member of your household, are not now registered to vote, please seriously consider doing so. With the critical decisions facing our national, state and local communities this election, your personal participation will increase the probability that the right choices are made and will strengthen the safeguards provided by an informed and active electorate.

Volume 2 of the Voters' Pamphlet contains the list of state measures and candidates, polling place locations, voting instructions, political party statements and the statements filed by individual candidates. For the first time since 1992, your edition of this General Election Voters' Pamphlet might also include ballot measures, measure arguments and candidate statements for counties and the Metropolitan Service District (Metro), and candidate statements for cities with a population greater than 50,000. In addition, local candidates and measures might also appear in optional local voters' pamphlets. Your county might have chosen to publish its County Voters' Pamphlet in combination with this volume. If so, it is inserted in the middle and contains your polling place locations and voting instructions. Some counties might mail a County Voters' Pamphlet separately and some counties might have decided not to publish and distribute a County Voters' Pamphlet.

By state law, all voters--except those receiving absentee ballots--should vote at their designated polling site between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on November 3. If you vote by absentee ballot, please do not vote again at the polls, and make sure your absentee ballot is received by your county elections official by 8 p.m. November 3. If you are not sure where your polling site is located, see the list in this Voters' Pamphlet, check your newspaper, or contact your county elections office.

I urge you to vote on November 3--Oregon will be better for it.

Best,

Phil Keisling
Secretary of State

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