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File Petitions to Place Measures on the Ballot

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On this page, you will find resources and information on how to submit initiative, referendum, or recall petitions for a vote by the people.
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View a list of active and past filed City petitions and measures.

NOTE: Due to sensitive timelines, level of necessary coordination, and changes to office procedures in light of the pandemic, please notify the City Elections Office of intentions to pursue a petition and to make arrangements to submit paperwork by appointment.

Initiative Petitions

The initiative petition process allows voters to directly propose City ordinance and Charter amendments. If enough registered voters in the City sign the petition, it becomes a ballot measure for the next biennial election (primary or general elections in even-numbered years).

For initiative petitions intended for the May 17, 2022 ballot:

First Day to File*January 17, 2020
Required Number of Signatures**39,442
Last Day to Submit Signatures***January 17, 2022

For initiative petitions intended for the November 8, 2022 ballot:

First Day to File*July 8, 2020
Required Number of Signatures (If Filed before Certification of the May Primary Results)**39,442
Last Day to Submit Signatures***July 8, 2022

* Two years and four months before the intended election
** At least nine percent of the number of registered voters in the City as of the primary election immediately before the petition is filed
*** Four months before the intended election

Initiative Petition Manuals

Local Initiative and Referendum State Manual


Referendum Petitions

The referendum petition process allows voters to vote to take action regarding ordinances passed by City Council. If enough registered voters in the City sign the petition, it becomes a ballot measure for the next biennial election (primary or general elections in even-numbered years).

First Day to FileThe day City Council passes the ordinance at issue
Required Number of Signatures*26,295
Last Day to Submit Signatures30 days after City Council passes the ordinance at issue
Last Day to Submit Signatures to Place on May Primary Ballot**January 17, 2022
Last Day to Submit Signatures to Place on November Ballot**July 8, 2022

* At least six percent of the number of registered voters in the City as of the primary election immediately before the petition is filed
** Four months before the intended election

Referendum Petition Manuals

Local Initiative and Referendum State Manual


Recall Petitions

Article II, Section 18 of the Oregon Constitution provides that “every public officer in Oregon is subject, as herein provided, to recall by the electors of the state or of the electoral district from which the public officer is elected.” If enough registered voters in the City sign a petition for a recall, an election is held.

The process for recalls is dictated by state law. For questions or more information on the recall process, please contact the Oregon Secretary of State's Elections Division.

First Day to FileSix months into an elected official's current term
Required Number of Signatures*47,788
Last Day to Submit Signatures90 days after filing a petition

* At least 15 percent of the number of registered voters in the City as of the last regularly-scheduled gubernatorial election immediately before the petition is filed

Resources for Recall Petitions

The City Elections Office Recall Process Page

State Recall Manual

Contact

City Elections

City Elections Office

Cody Sibley

Elections Coordinator

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