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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

Ballot Title for Charter Change - Candidates Receiving Majority Vote at Primary are Elected

City Council Resolution No. 36198 refers the following measure to qualified voters at the May 18, 2004 Primary.
 
Caption: Amends Charter: Candidates Receiving Majority Vote at Primary are Elected.
 
Question: Shall Charter provide that candidates who receive majority vote in Primary Election are elected without further vote at General Election?
 
Summary: Presently, the Portland City Charter provides that all candidates for City office must be elected at a General Election. Therefore, even when a candidate receives a majority of votes cast at a Primary Election, that candidate appears as the sole candidate on the General Election ballot. The proposed measure will amend the Charter to provide that if a candidate receives a majority of votes cast for an office at the Primary Election, that candidate is elected to that office for the term beginning the following January. As a result, the candidate would not have to appear on the General Election ballot. If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast for the office at the Primary Election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall appear on the General Election ballot.