Initiative & Referendum Information

Multnomah County Initiative and Referendum Petition Information

Multnomah County Petition signature requirements

  • Total votes for Governor in Multnomah County: 289,670 (Nov 2014)
  • Charter amendments initiative: 23,174 (8%)
  • Ordinance initiative: 17,381 (6%)
  • Referendum: 11,587 (4%)

Metro Petition signature requirements

  • Total votes for Governor in Metro District (portions of Multnomah, Clackamas & Washington county): 569,396 (Nov. 2014)
  • Charter amendment by initiative: 45,552 (8%)
  • Ordinance by initiative: 34,124 (6%)
  • Petition by Referendum: 22,776 (4%)

Petition Information for other Districts


Initiative & Referendum Petition Log

Multnomah County I & R Log

Metro I & R Log

 

Recall Petition Information

A public officer in an elective office may be recalled, whether elected or appointed. This is done by filing a prospective recall petition with the appropriate Elections official. City recall petitions are filed with the City Elections official. County, Metro and other Special District recall petitions located in Multnomah County are filed with Multnomah County Elections.

The prospective petition may be filed if the public office holder has served at least six months of the current term of office.  The signature requirement is 15% of the total number of votes cast in the public officer’s electoral district for all candidates for Governor at the last election at which a candidate for Governor was elected to a full term. The Chief Petitioner has 90 days from filing the prospective to collect and turn in those signatures.

Review the Campaign Finance Manual for recall reporting requirements.

Multnomah County Recall Petition Signature Requirements

  • Chair: 43,451 (15% of 289,670 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)
  • Commissioner Dist. 1 13,456 (15% of 89,705 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)
  • Commissioner Dist. 2: 12,122 (15% of 80,814 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)
  • Commissioner Dist. 3: 9,886 (15% of 65,902 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)
  • Commissioner Dist. 4: 7,988 (15% of 53,249 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)
  • Sheriff: 43,451 (15% of 289,670 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)
  • Auditor: 43,451 (15% of 289,670 votes cast for Governor - Nov 2014)

Petition Signature Requirements for other Districts

  • For special district recall petition numbers, please contact Multnomah County Elections.
  • For city recall petition numbers, please contact the city elections clerk.

Manuals

State Manuals - All of the manuals published by the Elections Division are available online.

Forms

Election forms - available from Oregon Secretary of State's office


References