An initiative that would ask voters this November to change the way Oregon
each decade has failed to turn in enough valid signatures, the Secretary of State's office said today.
But that doesn't close the matter since Kevin Mannix
and other backers of the proposed amendment to the state Constitution are suing
to challenge the state's invalidation of signatures. The proposed amendment
would take away redistricting of legislative boundary lines from the Legislature and the Secretary of State's office and give it to a group of retired judges. Proponents say that change would de-politicize the process.
The office of Secretary of State Kate Brown said 91,617 of the 114,973 signatures accepted for verification were determined to be valid—about 79.7 percent. A proposed constitutional amendment requires 110,358 valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 2 ballot.
Two of the six initiative petitions submitted this year have turned in enough valid signatures. One of those would allow a system of medical marijuana dispensaries
. The other, a Mannix measure, would impose mandatory minimum sentences for certain major felony sex crimes and driving under the influence convictions.
Still awaiting signature verification results this week are two measures that would create a non-tribal casino
at the former dog track in east Multnomah County. Also awaiting verification is an initiative
that would set aside permanently a share of Oregon Lottery funds for parks and habitat.