Frequently Asked questions

Q: What is the offical title of this voter petition?
A: Referendum 302
Q: Where do I send my petition?
Mike Nearman
2570 Greenwood Rd S
Independence OR  97351
Q: When do you have to turn in the signatures by?
A: We have to turn them in at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 5 at the Elections Division of the Secretary of State's office in Salem. Hopefully we can get them from you before that.
Q: How many signatures do you need?
A: Since this is a referendum, we need 58,142 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. We probably need to gather more, since some will probably be invalid.
Q: Can I witness my own signature on a 10 line petition?
A: Yes. Go ahead and sign it normally, including the date and your address, and then sign again at the bottom, including the date and your address..
Q: This doesn’t seem like a repeal of the law, from what I can see. How is it a “repeal” of SB 719?
A. It's actually a citizen referendum. Article I, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution reads:

(3)(a) The people reserve to themselves the referendum power, which is to approve or reject at an election any Act, or part thereof, of the Legislative Assembly that does not become effective earlier than 90 days after the end of the session at which the Act is passed.

(b) A referendum on an Act or part thereof may be ordered by a petition signed by a number of qualified voters equal to four percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for Governor at the election at which a Governor was elected for a term of four years next preceding the filing of the petition. A referendum petition shall be filed not more than 90 days after the end of the session at which the Act is passed.

This is such an effort. Technically, it is not a repeal, because it is not a law. At this point it is an Act of the Legislature. We hope to gather enough signatures to get it on the ballot and have people vote NO on it.

Q: Why does it say “Relating to Courts” at the top? What does this have to do with courts?
A: There was a procedural error in the first attempt to pass this bill, so they found another bill, removed all the language from it and replaced all the language with the Extreme Risk Protection Language. This procedure is known as “gut and stuff”. Because of this, the referendum has the title from the original – mostly unrelated – legislation.

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