The Operation of the Initiative, Referendum and Recall in Oregon

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CHAPTER V
THE SUBSTANCE AND FORM OF MEASURES

I
The Measures Submitted 1

I. By far the largest class of measures submitted to the people have related to the machinery of government.

Initiative constitutional amendments granting the suffrage to women appeared at four succeeding elections, and later an amendment limiting the suffrage to citizens of the United States was submitted by the legislature.

A large number of initiative measures intended to increase the people's power " have been submitted. These include the direct primary bill, the bill instructing members of the legislative assembly to vote for the people's choice for United States senator, and the presidential primary bill; the constitutional amendments for changing the method applying to constitutional amendments submitted by the legislative assembly and requiring calls for constitutional conventions to be submitted to the people, "home rule" city charters, the recall of officers, and the extension of the initiative and referendum to the localities, authorizing legislation for proportional representation and preferential voting, establishing proportional representation in the house of representatives, abolishing the state senate, two amendments for the entire reorganization of the legislative department of the state,2 and another for the reorganization of the judicial department, the bill creating "people's inspectors of government" and an "official gazette," and the

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1
See below, pp. 241-53.
2
Below, pp. 254-66.

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