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State of Oregon

History of Reform Efforts: Oregon

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Oregon judges are prescribed in the state's constitution, although the legislature may determine whether elections are partisan or nonpartisan. Moving away from judicial elections or altering term lengths must occur through constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed in either house of the legislature and must be approved by a majority of the members of each house. Amendments may also be proposed by an initiative petition signed by a number of qualified voters equal to 8% of the total number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election. Proposed amendments must then be ratified by a majority of voters.