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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

Referendum Signature Deadlines

Petitioners must file their petitions for signature verification within 30 days of the Council action. An ordinance filed with an emergency clause may not be referred. Non-emergency ordinances become effective 30 days after passage. According to City Charter Sections 2-123 and 10-208, a referendum petition suspends the effective date of an ordinance.
Referendum petition signatures must be submitted 4 months prior to a regular election in order to appear on that ballot.