Salem, OR—Secretary of State Dennis Richardson welcomes the public to provide input on several proposed administrative rules to improve the elections process. A hearing will be held tomorrow (see location change below) on the following proposals:
165-014-0005 and 165-014-0030 – These Grassroots Petitioning Rules empower grassroots petitioners by allowing circulation of modified prospective petition sheets during the ballot title approval process. The full text of the measure must be attached, and petitioners must comply with the same requirements that apply after a ballot title is finalized. The purpose of this change is to prevent wealthy special interest groups from manipulating the initiative process through frivolous lawsuits on ballot titles that obstruct and delay signature gathering.
165-014-0034 – Lifts artificial 2,000-signature administrative cap on sponsorship template signatures turned in before October 1, 2017. This allows petitioners currently awaiting a final ballot title to circulate petitions until the Grassroots Petitioning Rule is adopted.
165-014-0275 – Clarifies that signature lines with optional information that appears to have been completed by a member of the same household will not be rejected. For example, in 2016, the current rule required rejection of these signatures
turned in by Ben Unger for IP 28 (Measure 97). This clarification will allow such signatures to be counted in the future since they do not appear to be fraudulent but were situations where a member of the same household filled out optional information for both themselves and another member of their household.
165-005-0170 – Updates Oregon Motor Voter (OMV) process to implement 16-year-old preregistration, ensures full privacy protections for minors' voter registration information, and reduces mailing costs by moving from a two-page to a one-page OMV mailer.
Any member of the public may provide oral or written comments at the rulemaking hearing:
Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 255 Capitol Street NE, Public Services Building, Basement Conference Room #C, Salem, OR
Written comments may be submitted until 5 p.m., September 14, 2017. Comments may be delivered to one of the following:
Mail: Elections Division, 255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 501, Salem, OR 97310
Fax: (503) 373-7414