Your official 2002 September Special Election Voters' Pamphlet provides you with information about two statewide measures referred by the legislature. Additionally, you can find information about vote by mail and voter registration, as well as contact information for county elections officials across the state.

For each of the two measures in this voters' pamphlet, you will find the ballot title, estimate of financial impact, the complete text of the proposed measure, an impartial statement explaining the measure and any arguments filed by proponents and opponents of the measure. The ballot title, estimate of financial impact and explanatory statement for each referral was written by the legislature.

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. Measure arguments are printed as submitted by the author. 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 state measures were referred to Oregon voters by the legislature and you will find a "Legislative Argument in Support" for each of these measures. Oregon law allows the legislature to submit, at no cost, an argument in support of each measure it refers to the people.

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 State Capitol, local post offices, courthouses and all county elections offices.


Most of the information contained in this Voters' Pamphlet is also available in the Online Voters' Guide on the World Wide Web at ../sep172002/sep172002.htm


Your voted ballot must be returned (postmarks do not count) to your county elections office by election day, Tuesday, September 17, 2002

County Elections Offices are open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722