Ballot Measures Assume a Low Profile in This Election

A missive last week from Associated Oregon Industries made a good point, especially with a high-profile race for governor occupying voter attention.

It said this:

"When Oregon voters send in their ballots this fall, they will be voting on seven mostly low-key measures that won't produce the onslaught of campaign advertisements of elections past."

That reality may be bad news for about 200 radio and television stations around the state that run political ads and often look forward to expensive ballot measure campaigns. (The Oregon Association of Broadcasters is a CFM client.)

Here's quick listing of the seven measures that will be before Oregon voters:

Measure 70 - Oregon Veterans Home Loans Expansion

  • What it is: A legislative referral to amend the consition, it proposes to expand the availability of home ownership loans for Oregon veterans.
  • What the polls say: A Grove Insight poll in August shows 71 percent of Oregon voters favor the measure, 12 percent oppose it and 17 percent are unsure.

Measure 71 - Oregon Legislature Annual Session Amendment

  • What it is: Another legislative referral to amend the constitution, it requires the Oregon Legislature to meet on an annual basis.
  • What the polls say: A Grove Insight poll in August shows 49 percent of Oregon voters favor the measure, 25 percent oppose it and 26 percent are unsure.

Measure 72 - Oregon Property Projects

  • What it is: A third legislative referral to amend the consitution, it authorizes lowest-cost borrowing for the state's real and personal property projects.
  • What the polls say: There is no known polling on this measure.

Measure 73 - Oregon Minimum Criminal Sentence Increase

  • What it is: An initiative petition from perennial ballot initiator Kevin Mannix, it requires increased minimum sentences for sex crimes and driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • What the polls say: A Grove Insight poll in August shows 62 percent of Oregon voters favor the measure, 21 percent oppose it and 16 percent are unsure.

Measure 74 - Oregon Regulated Medical Marijuana Supply System Act

  • What it is: An initiative to establish a state licensing system for medical marijuana farmers who sell to deispensaries in Oregon, and it would allow for the establishmnt of privately-owned, nonprofit dipensaries.
  • What the polls say: A Grove Insight poll in August shows 41 percent of Oregon voters favor the measure, 46 percent oppose it and 12 percent are unsure.

Measure 75 - Oregon Job Growth Education And Communities Fund Act, Part II

  • What it is: An initiative which would authorize a casino in Multnomah County and create a gaming tax of 25 percent of gross revenues to fund education, state police and local governments in Oregon.
  • What the polls say: A Grove Insight poll in August shows 35 percent of Oregon voters favor the measure, 51 percent oppose it and 14 percent are unsure.

Measure 76 - Oregon Lottery Funds for Natural Resources Amendment

  • What it is: An initiative which would continue lottery funding for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat and watershed protection beyond 2014.
  • What the polls say: There is no known polling on this measure.

Get more information these Oregon ballot measures at Ballotpedia.