SB 761A Puts limits on downloaded signature petitions

VOTE:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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This bill requires any person signing a single-signature petition sheet to have personally printed it, or request a separate person to print it, may sign the signature sheet.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
Unrealistic requirement for an electronic signature sheet to be printed by the person who signs it or request a separate person to print it out for them. Seniors don’t always have printers but to require a prior request will not be provable. This will make it harder to gather signatures on the spot with single sheets and has the effect of preventing free speech.

Limited Government
This is an overreach of government. The requirement would be difficult to enforce and unnecessarily makes it harder for citizens to petition.


  1. Connie Meins says:

    This would severely restrict my freedom of speech. I rely solely on electronics to keep up with the legislature. Please do not vote for this.

  2. Rebecca Roth says:

    This is nothing new. The SOS made up this rule long ago and has been functioning with it for years. Every RULE the SOS makes up about the petition process functions as though it was law…and has always had the power to close down anything it wants. About 10 years ago we took the SOS to court over a petition in which Kate Brown’s RULE which she made up for our petition, to court, and the federal judge said, “She can do what she wants, she’s the SOS.”

    THAT is far more troubling than actually putting this rule into the books.

  3. arden ray says:

    This rule is purely arbitrary, with no other rationale except to keep Oregonians from petitioning successfully.

  4. Judy A. Fralia-Mantello says:

    When did this SB 761 come to light? I just heard about it last night the day before the hearing in Salem today. THIS BILL INTERFERES WITH OUR VOTERS RIGHTS!
    I have emailed a complaint with OREGON STATE ETHICS, on this about Governor Kate Brown asking IF SHE has been Lobbying with State Legislators to enact this bill, that will stop citizens RIGHTS TO DOWNLOAD & MAIL PETITIONS. SHE KNOWS WE WANT HER RECALLED!

  5. dbleiler says:

    We first published this alert on March 24 after the first public hearing. They didn’t act on it until May 20, when a second hearing was held. A work session is scheduled so at this point calling committee members is the best approach.

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