Who is on the ballot in the next election? How to register to vote? ...and more
For information about the next election in Deschutes County, click ..... Elections
Contact Deschutes County Elections at:
Deschutes County Administration Building
1300 NW Wall Street, 2nd floor, Bend OR 97701
P.O. Box 6005 Bend, OR 97708-6005
Or online at: Voter Resources
LWVOR lists six questions voters can ask themselves to help them determine whether or not to sign an initiative petition:
Is it complex? Some issues can be decided by a simple yes or no vote. Complex issues may need to be thoroughly examined and debated in a legislative arena.
Is it confusing? Some initiatives are not well written or contain conflicts that may require court resolution or interpretation.
Does it belong in the Constitution? If an initiative amends the Constitution, consider whether it really belongs there. Is it a fundamental law that should be protected from change? Correcting a constitutional amendment later would require another vote of the people to amend the Constitution again, which is cumbersome and costly.
How will it be funded? Is it an "unfunded mandate" that would require the Legislature to take funds from other essential programs? Consider the effect on the overall flexibility of a government budget with already limited revenue. An initiative should generally create its own revenue source and not earmark, restrict, or obligate a specific percentage of the General Fund revenues.
Who is behind it? You can find out who are the real sponsors and opponents of a petition. Contribution and expenditure reports are available through the Election Division at 503-986-1518 and are also online at SOS
Before you sign, ask to see identification of the signature gatherer. Paid signature gatherers are now required to carry and display a picture ID issued by the Secretary of State. Numerous instances of fraud have occurred that could have been avoided by insisting on seeing identification. And if a case of fraud is found, you will have information that could assist authorities.