INITIATIVE ID NO. PDX 5 SIGNATURE SUBMISSION
July 7, 2006
Chief Petitioner Chris Iverson submitted 36,000 signatures for Petition ID No. PDX 5, "Makes Marijuana Offenses Lowest City Law Enforcement Priority, With Exceptions." The petition is sponsored by Chief Petitioners Chris Iverson and Madeline Martinez and is intended for the November 7, 2006 General Election Ballot.
City Code sets the signature requirement for initiative petitions at 9 percent of the number of electors registered in the city on the date of the primary municipal election immediately preceding the date the prospective petition is filed. As the prospective petition was filed prior to the May 2006 election, this number is 26,691 (9% of City voters registered as of the May 2004 election).
The Auditor has 30 days to verify the signatures (August 7, 2006). If enough valid signatures are verified, the Auditor will certify the measure to Multnomah County for the November Ballot. The Auditor will also file the initiative with City Council. Per City Code Section 2.04.100, City Council may choose to adopt an ordinance which codifies the initiative measure. Such an ordinance would void the initiative petition. Council may also choose to refer a competing measure to the voters no later than the 30th day after signatures were submitted to the Auditor.
The complete text of the ballot measure and charter language are available on the web: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?&a=74174&c=37587.
Chief Petitioners are required to submit complete campaign finance reports 15 days after they submit signatures (July 24, 2006). The Auditor will post these reports to the website.