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Home > State > Elections > History > Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1938-1947

Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1938-1947

1948-1956

 

Key: *Adopted; L-Referred by the Legislature; I-Submitted by initiative petition; R-Referendum by petition.

 

 

Election Date

Meas.#

Ballot Title

Yes

 

No

 

 

November 8, 1938

1.

Governor's 20-day Bill Consideration Amendment--L1

*233,384

93,752

 

2.

Amendment Repealing the Double Liability of Stockholders in Banking Corporations--L1

133,525

165,797

 

3.

Legislators Compensation Constitutional Amendments--L1

149,356

169,131

 

4.

Bill Requiring Marriage License Applicants Medically Examined; Physically and Mentally--L2

*277,099

66,484

 

5.

Slot Machines Seizure by Sheriffs and Destruction on Court Order--R

*204,561

126,580

 

6.

Prohibiting Slot Machines, Pin-ball, Dart and Other Similar Games--R

*197,912

129,043

 

7.

Townsend Plan Bill--I3

*183,781

149,711

 

8.

Citizens' Retirement Annuity Bill; Levying Transactions Tax to Provide Fund--I2

112,172

219,557

 

9.

Bill Regulating Picketing and Boycotting by Labor Groups and Organizations--I2

*197,771

148,460

 

10.

Water Purification and Prevention of Pollution Bill--I2

*247,685

75,295

 

11.

Bill Regulating Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for
Beverage Purposes--I2

118,282

222,221

 

12.

Constitutional Amendment Legalizing Certain Lotteries and Other Forms of Gambling--I1

141,792

180,329

 

 

November 5, 1940

1.

Amendment Removing Office Time Limit of State Secretary and Treasurer--L1

163,942

213,797

 

2.

Amendment Making Three Years' Average People's Voted Levies, Tax Base--L1

129,699

183,488

 

3.

Amendment Repealing the Double Liability of Stockholders of State Banks--L1

157,891

191,290

 

4.

Legislators' Compensation Constitutional Amendment--L1

186,830

188,031

 

5.

Bill Changing the Primary Nominating Elections from May to September--R

156,421

221,203

 

6.

Bill to Further Regulate Sale and Use of Alcoholic Liquor--R

158,004

235,128

 

7.

Bill Repealing Present Liquor Law; Authorizing Private Sale, Licensed, Taxed--I2

90,681

309,183

 

8.

Amendment Legalizing Certain Gambling and Gaming Devices and Certain Lotteries--I1

150,157

258,010

 

9.

Bill to Repeal the Oregon Milk Control Law--I2

201,983

213,838

 

 

November 3, 1942

1.

Legislators' Compensation Constitutional Amendment--L1

*129,318

109,898

 

2.

Rural Credits Loan Fund Repeal Amendment--L1

*101,425

88,857

 

3.

Amendment Specifying Exclusive Uses of Gasoline and Motor Vehicle Taxes--L1

*125,990

86,332

 

4.

Amendment Authorizing Regulation by Law of Voting Privilege Forfeiture--L1

101,508

103,404

 

5.

Cigarette Tax Bill--R

110,643

127,366

 

6.

Bill Restricting and Prohibiting Net Fishing Coastal Streams and Bays--R

97,212

137,177

 

7.

Bill Distributing Surplus Funds to School Districts, Reducing Taxes Therein--I2

*136,321

92,623

 

 

November 7, 1944

1.

Amendment To Provide Alternative Means for Securing Bank Deposits--L1

*228,744

115,745

 

2.

Amendment Authorizing Change to Managerial Form of County Government--L1

*175,716

154,504

 

3.

Amendment Authorizing "Oregon War Veterans' Fund," Providing Tax Therefor--L1

*190,520

178,581

 

4.

Amendment to Authorize Legislative Regulation of Voting Privilege Forfeiture--L1

*183,855

156,219

 

5.

Bill Providing Educational Aid to Certain Veterans World War II--L2

*238,350

135,317

 

6.

Bill Imposing Tax on Retail Sales of Tangible Personal Property--L2

96,697

269,276

 

7.

Burke Bill; Only State Selling Liquor over 14 Hundredths Alcohol--R

*228,853

180,158

 

8.

Constitutional Amendment Increasing State Tax Fund for Public School Support--I1

177,153

186,976

 

9.

Constitutional Amendment Providing Monthly Annuities From a Gross Income Tax--I1

180,691

219,981

 

 

June 22, 1945
(Special Election)

1.

Bill Authorizing Tax Levy for State Building Fund--L2

*78,269

49,565

 

2.

Bill Authorizing Cigarette Tax to Support Public Schools--L2

60,321

67,542

 

 

November 5, 1946

1.

Constitutional Amendment Providing for Succession to Office of Governor--L1

*221,547

70,322

 

2.

Bill Authorizing Tax for Construction and Equipment of State Armories--L2

75,693

219,006

 

3.

Bill Establishing Rural School Districts and School Boards--L2

*155,733

134,673

 

4.

Bill Authorizing Chinamen to Hold Real Estate and Mining Claims--L1

*161,865

133,111

 

5.

Amendment Permitting Legislative Bills to be Read by Title Only--L1

*145,248

113,279

 

6.

Constitutional Amendment Increasing Number of Senators to Thirty-one--L1

88,717

185,247

 

7.

Bill Regulating Fishing in Coastal Streams and Inland Waters--R

*196,195

101,398

 

8.

To Create State Old-age and Disability Pension Fund--I2

86,374

244,960

 

9.

To Create Basic School Support Fund by Annual Tax Levy--I2

*157,904

151,765

 

 

October 7, 1947
(Special Election)

1.

Bill Taxing Retail Sales for School, Welfare and Governmental Purposes--L2

67,514

180,333

 

2.

Cigarette Tax Bill--R

103,794

140,876

 

0Repeal of federal prohibition amendment.
1Constitutional amendment.
2Statutory enactment.
3Required communication to federal officials on behalf of people of Oregon.
4Tri-county measure voted on in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.
5Advisory vote for legislators' information.

 

1948-1956