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Home > State > Elections > History > Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1972-1978

Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1972-1978

1980-1987

 

Key: *Adopted; L-Referred by the Legislature; I-Submitted by initiative petition; R-Referendum by petition.

 

 

Election Date

Meas.#

Ballot Title

Yes

 

No

 

 

January 18, 1972
(Special Election)

1.

Increases Cigarette Tax--R

*245,717

.236,937

 

 

May 23, 1972

1.

Eliminates Literacy Requirement; Lowers Voting Age--L1

327,231

349,746

 

2.

Repeals Requirement for Decennial State Census--L1

*420,568

206,436

 

3.

Allows Legislators to Call Special Sessions--L1

241,371

391,698

 

4.

Capital Construction Bonds for State Government--L1

232,391

364,323

 

5.

Irrigation and Water Development Bonds--L1

233,175

374,295

 

6.

Enabling County-City Vehicle Registration Tax--R

120,027

491,551

 

 

November 7, 1972

1.

Eliminates Location Requirements for State Institutions--L1

*594,080

232,948

 

2.

Qualifications for Sheriff Set By Legislature--L1

*572,619

281,720

 

3.

Amends County Purchase and Lease Limitations--L1

329,669

462,932

 

4.

Changes State Constitution Provision Regarding Religion--L1

336,382

519,196

 

5.

Minimum Jury Size of Six Members--L1

*591,191

265,636

 

6.

Broadens Eligibility for Veterans' Loans--L1

*736,802

133,139

 

7.

Repeals Governor's Retirement Act--I2

*571,959

292,561

 

8.

Changes Succession to Office of Governor--I1

*697,297

151,174

 

9.

Prohibits Property Tax for School Operations--I1

342,885

558,136

 

 

May 1, 1973
(Special Election)

1.

Property Tax Limitation; School Tax Revision--L2

253,682

.358,219

 

 

May 28, 1974

1.

Income, Corporate Tax, School Support Increase--L2

136,851

410,733

 

2.

Highway Fund Use for Mass Transit--L1

190,899

369,038

 

3.

New School District Tax Base Limitation--L1

166,363

371,897

 

4.

Authorizes Bonds for Water Development Fund--L1

198,563

328,221

 

5.

Increases Veterans' Loan Bonding Authority--L1

*381,559

164,953

 

6.

Permits Legislature to Call Special Session--L1

246,525

298,373

 

 

November 5, 1974

1.

Liquor Licenses for Public Passenger Carriers--L1

353,357

384,521

 

2.

Opens All Legislative Deliberations to Public--L1

*546,255

165,778

 

3.

Revises Constitutional Requirements for Grand Juries--L1

*437,557

246,902

 

4.

Governor Vacancy Successor Age Requirement Eliminated--L1

*381,593

331,756

 

5.

The measure designated as Number 5 by the 1973 Legislature was moved to the May 28, 1974 primary election by the 1974 special session. On the advice of the Attorney General, this measure number was left blank.

 

6.

Permits Establishing Qualifications for County Assessors--L1

*552,737

146,364

 

7.

Tax Base Includes Revenue Sharing Money--L1

322,023

329,858

 

8.

Revises School District Election Voting Requirements--L1

337,565

378,071

 

9.

Permits State Employes to be Legislators--L1

218,846

476,547

 

10.

Revises Oregon Voter Qualification Requirements--L1

*362,731

355,506

 

11.

Right to Jury in Civil Cases--L1

*480,631

216,853

 

12.

Community Development Fund Bonds--L1

277,723

376,747

 

13.

Obscenity and Sexual Conduct Bill--R

*393,743

352,958

 

14.

Public Officials' Financial Ethics and Reporting. This measure was also referred to all 36 counties, with 30 voting yes and 6 voting no; and all cities with governing bodies, with 153 voting yes and 90 voting no.--L2

*498,002

177,946

 

15.

Prohibits Purchase or Sale of Steelhead--I2

*458,417

274,182

 

 

May 25, 1976

1.

Expands Veterans' Home-Farm Loan Eligibility--L1

*549,553

158,997

 

2.

Discipline of Judges--L1

*639,977

59,774

 

3.

Housing Bonds--L1

*315,588

362,414

 

4.

Authorizes Vehicle Tax Mass Transit Use--L1

170,331

531,219

 

 

November 2, 1976

1.

Validates Inadvertently Superseded Statutory Amendments--L1

*607,325

247,843

 

2.

Allows Changing City, County Election Days--L1

376,489

536,967

 

3.

Lowers Minimum Age for Legislative Service--L1

285,777

679,517

 

4.

Repeals Emergency Succession Provision--L1

*507,308

368,646

 

5.

Permits Legislature to Call Special Session--L1

*549,126

377,354

 

6.

Allows Charitable, Fraternal, Religious Organizations Bingo--L1

*682,252

281,696

 

7.

Partial Public Funding of Election Campaigns--L2

263,738

659,327

 

8.

Increases Motor Fuel, Ton-Mile Taxes--R

465,143

505,124

 

9.

Regulates Nuclear Power Plant Construction Approval--I2

423,008

584,845

 

10.

Repeals Land Use Planning Coordination Statutes--I2

402,608

536,502

 

11.

Prohibits Adding Fluorides to Water Systems--I2

419,567

555,981

 

12.

Repeals Intergovernmental Cooperation, Planning District Statutes--I2

333,933

525,868

 

 

May 17, 1977
(Special Election)

1.

School Operating Levy Measure--L1

112,570

252,061

 

2.

Authorizes Additional Veterans' Fund Uses--L1

*200,270

158,436

 

3.

Increases Veterans' Loan Bonding Authority--L1

*250,783

106,953

 

 

November 8, 1977
(Special Election)

1.

Water Development Loan Fund Created--L1

*124,484

118,953

 

2.

Development of Nonnuclear Energy Resources--L1

105,219

137,693

 

 

May 23, 1978

1.

Home Rule County Initiative-Referendum Requirements--L1

*306,506

156,623

 

2.

Open Meetings Rules for Legislature--L1

*435,338

80,176

 

3.

Housing for Low Income Elderly--L1

*291,778

250,810

 

4.

Domestic Water Fund Created--L1

148,822

351,843

 

5.

Highway Repair Priority, Gas Tax Increase--L2

190,301

365,170

 

6.

Reorganizes Metropolitan Service District, Abolishes CRAG--L2,4

*110,600

91,090

 

 

November 7, 1978

1.

Appellate Judge Selection, Running on Record--L1

358,504

449,132

 

2.

Authorizes Senate Confirmation of Governor's Appointments--L1

*468,458

349,604

 

3.

Vehicle and Fee Increase Referendum--R

208,722

673,802

 

4.

Shortens Formation Procedures for People's Utility Districts--I2

375,587

471,027

 

5.

Authorizes, Regulates Practice of Denture Technology--I2

*704,480

201,463

 

6.

Limitations on Ad Valorem Property Taxes--I1

424,029

453,741

 

7.

Prohibits State Expenditures, Programs or Services for Abortion--I1

431,577

461,542

 

8.

Requires Death Penalty for Murder under Specified Conditions--I2

*573,707

318,610

 

9.

Limitations on Public Utility Rate Base--I2

*589,361

267,132

 

10.

Land Use Planning, Zoning Constitutional Amendment--I1

334,523

515,138

 

11.

Reduces Property Tax Payable by Homeowner and Renter--L1

383,532

467,765

 

12.

Support of Constitutional Amendment (Federal) Require Balance Budget--L5

*641,862

134,758

 

0Repeal of federal prohibition amendment.
1Constitutional amendment.
2Statutory enactment.
3Required communication to federal officials on behalf of people of Oregon.
4Tri-county measure voted on in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.
5Advisory vote for legislators' information.

 

1980-1987