(Amended by Ordinance No. 177200, effective February 21, 2003.)
A. As an alternative method of filing as a candidate without the expense
of the filing fee, a candidate may file a nominating petition. A nominating
petition shall contain no fewer than 100 original signatures of electors
registered in the City of Portland.
B. Before circulating a nominating petition, the candidate shall file
with the City Elections Officer a prospective petition signed by the candidate.
The prospective petition shall be a copy of the signature sheet intended for
circulation and filing, a statement whether petition circulators will be paid or
unpaid, a Filing of Candidacy form. The copy of the signature sheet shall be in
the form prescribed by state law and signed by the candidate.
C. The Filing of Candidacy form shall be on a form provided by the
Auditor as prescribed by state law and shall provide qualifications and
signature requirements for city candidates. It shall include the items listed in
Section 2.08.070 B. 1. - 7., and 9. and 2.08.070 C. It shall also include a
statement that the required prospective petition forms are included with the
D. No petition shall be circulated for signatures without the approval of
the prospective petition by the City Elections Officer.
E. After circulating the petition, the candidate shall submit to the City
Elections Filing Officer the signature sheets including no less than 100 percent
of the required signatures and the circulator’s signed certification on each
signature sheet that all signatures were obtained in the circulator’s presence
and the circulator believes the signatures to belong to eligible electors.
F. Upon receipt of signature sheets containing the required number of
signatures, the City Elections Officer shall arrange for verification of the
validity of the signatures with the County Elections Officers.
G. Upon verification of the validity of 100 signatures, the candidate
shall file the perfected petition, including a Declaration of Candidacy labeled
"perfected petition" with the City Elections Officer.
H. Any eligible elector may sign a nominating petition of any candidate
for nonpartisan city office.