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HB 2414 - Voting "No" means "Yes" to new taxes

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by TangoFoxtrot, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot Oregon Member

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    "With HB 2414, Democrats tried to reverse that system for legislative actions referred by citizens to the ballot box. They wanted a “Yes” vote to signify opposition to the law, and a “No” vote to approve it. Here is actual language from HB 2414:

    “A measure referred to the people by referendum petition may not be adopted unless it receives an affirmative majority of the total votes cast on the measure rejecting the measure. For purposes of this subsection, a measure is considered adopted if it is rejected by the people.”
  2. Bark

    Bark Oregon Member

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    I will have to look into who sponsored this......

    Devlin and House Majority Leader Mary Nolan, D-Portland, both argued that reversing the meaning of a yes or a no vote on referendums would have made the issue clearer for voters. If voters want to reject the Legislature's handiwork, they said, they should have to vote yes.

    However, ballot measure experts say it is easier to persuade citizens to vote no on a ballot measure than to vote yes. So both supporters and opponents of the tax hikes had a stake in wanting to be on the side pushing a no vote.
  3. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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