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Citizen Panels
Citizen Panel Selection
The commission shall select citizens for each panel from a representative sample of anonymous electors, using survey sampling methods that, to the extent practicable, give every elector a similar chance of being selected. Each citizen panel shall consist of not fewer than 18 and not more than 24 electors.
The commission shall ensure, to the extent practicable and legally permissible, that the demographic makeup of each panel fairly reflects the population of the electorate of this state as a whole, with respect to the following characteristics, prioritized in the following order:
  • The location of the elector’s residence.

  • The elector’s party affiliation, if any.

  • The elector’s voting history.

  • The elector’s age.
In addition to the criteria described above, the commission may also consider:
  • The elector’s gender.

  • The elector’s ethnicity.

  • Any other criteria.
Panel Compensation, Reimbursement
The commission shall, from moneys in the Citizens’ Initiative Review Fund:
  • Compensate each elector for each day served on a panel in an amount calculated using the average weekly wage as defined in ORS 656.211. (Scroll down to locate the correct section.)

  • Reimburse each elector who serves on a panel for travel expenses in accordance with reimbursement policies determined by the commission by rule.
Panel Moderators
The commission shall, by rule, establish qualifications for moderators for each citizen panel. A moderator must have experience in mediation and shall complete a training course established by the commission.
The commission shall contract with two moderators for each panel and shall compensate each moderator for service.