City Council Resolution No. 36198 refers the following measure to qualified
voters at the May 18, 2004 Primary.
Caption: Amends Charter: Candidates Receiving Majority Vote at Primary
Question: Shall Charter provide that candidates who receive majority vote
in Primary Election are elected without further vote at General Election?
Summary: Presently, the Portland City Charter provides that all
candidates for City office must be elected at a General Election. Therefore,
even when a candidate receives a majority of votes cast at a Primary Election,
that candidate appears as the sole candidate on the General Election ballot. The
proposed measure will amend the Charter to provide that if a candidate receives
a majority of votes cast for an office at the Primary Election, that candidate
is elected to that office for the term beginning the following January. As a
result, the candidate would not have to appear on the General Election ballot.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast for the office at the Primary
Election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall appear
on the General Election ballot.