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POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Griffin-Valade Divisions Elections Election Archives Past Measures & Initiatives
Measures
1942 to 1949
Includes election date, title of measure and vote count
1950 to 1959
Includes election date, title of measure and vote count
1960 to 1969
Includes election date, title of measure and vote count
1970 to 1979
Includes election date, title of measure, vote count and text of some measures
1980 to 1989
Includes election date, title of measure, vote count and text of most measures
1990 to 1999
Includes election date, title of measure, vote count and text of most measures
2000 to Present
Includes election date, title of measure, vote count and text of measures
How to Research Past City Measures
 
This site contains complete vote counts for all City Measures since 1942.  This includes City Council referred measures, citizen initiative and referendum petitions. 
 
This information is organized by decade - simply click on the time period you are interested in using the navigation bar to the left of your screen.  Or you may view a PDF listing of all measures since 1942.
 
Some of the measures include the text of the ballot measure.  If you are interested in reading the text of the measure and it is not included on this site, contact the City Elections Officer.
 

 
About City Measures & Petitions
 
Portland City Code Section 2.04.040 provides that measures may be submitted to the voters in one of two ways: City Council action or a petition from the public.
 
City Referred Measure
The first category of ballot measure is the City Referred Measure. The City council may refer a measure to the ballot for the following reasons:
  • Charter Amendments which require a vote of the people;
  • to refer ordinances or resolutions to the voters, when Council wants a public vote for political reasons;
  • to pass money measures, such as a bond measure or operating levy;
  • or to ask a general question in an area in which Council would like the public’s input or advice.
Citizen Petitions
 
The second group of ballot measures are those placed on the ballot by the public. These can be of two varieties: Initiative Petitions and Referendum Petitions .
 
Initiative Petitions
The initiative petition process provides citizens with a vehicle to refer legislation to a vote of the people. Initiatives may propose new legislation or make amendments to the City Code or Charter. The initiative process is discussed further in the election law section of this web site .
 
Referendum Petitions
The referendum petition process provides citizens with a vehicle to refer Ordinances passed by Council to a vote of the people. The referendum process is discussed further in the election law section of this web site .

 

Listing of all city measures & initiatives from 2000 to Present

City Elections Division

 

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Room 320

Portland, OR 97204-1987

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