POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Divisions Elections Election Law City Referendum Petition Procedures
Referendum Signature Requirements

Until the next City Primary Election in May 2016, City referendum petitions require 20,897 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. 


City Code Section 2.04.090 says that a referendum petition must be signed by a number of legal voters equal to or greater than 6 percent of the number of electors registered in the city on the date of the primary municipal election immediately preceding the date the prospective petition is filed, except that a petition signed by 2,000 registered voters shall be sufficient to call a referendum upon any franchise ordinance.


On the date of the May 20, 2014 Primary, there were 348,270 registered voters in the City of Portland.

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Room 320

Portland, OR 97204-1987



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