Portland City Council Resolution No. 36198, adopted February 4, 2004, referred the following Charter change to qualified voters at the May 18, 2004 Primary Election:
Section 3-101 Time of Taking Office and Terms.
Beginning with elections held in 2006, if any candidate for the office of Mayor, Commissioner, or Auditor receives a majority of the votes cast in a primary election for that office, that candidate shall be elected. If no candidate for such an office receives a majority of the votes cast in the primary election, the names of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be declared nominees and their names shall appear on the general election ballot in that same year. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes in the general election shall be elected.
Except as otherwise provided in this charter, those elected shall take office on the following January 1 and shall hold office for four years. If, at the end of four years, no successor is yet elected and qualified, the incumbent shall continue to hold office until a successor is elected and qualified.
Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the Mayor and Commissioners for positions 1 and 4 shall be elected every fourth year beginning in 2004, and the Auditor and Commissioners for positions 2 and 3 shall be elected every fourth year beginning in 2006.
At the general election held on each fourth year counting from the year 1960 A.D., the person elected Mayor and the two (2) persons elected Commissioners shall take office on the following January 1, and shall hold office until January 1, four (4) years later. At the general election on even numbered years between such fourth years the person elected Auditor and the two (2) persons elected Commissioners shall take office on January 1 of the following year, and they shall hold office until January 1 four (4) years later. The incumbents of the above mentioned offices shall hold their respective offices until their successors are elected and have qualified, or until their death, resignation or removal.