Thanks to a poster on the Traditional Catholic internet forum, we have this report from the conservative opinion website about a Oregon ballot initiative that is downright sinister. Jim Kouri, news director for the site, posted this on August 25th. The link to his report is HERE.

Known as “Measure 65”, this bill would force Oregon voters to choose between two candidates for office -- even if they are both members of the same party.

What’s worse is that “Measure 65” will, in effect, ban all third parties in Oregon from running candidates ever again! Even independent candidates would be shut out, even those running to implement pro-Distributist policies.

Even worse, this measure could become applied to every other state in America!

Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green and Constitution Party activists are joining forces to fight this initiative. It must be stopped cold. Let’s back them to the hilt on this one.

We ask any Oregon readers of the Review to do what they can to defeat this “Measure 65”. The group called “Healthy Democracy Oregon” should have detailed information on this infamous “measure” and what you can do to stop it.

And for those outside of Oregon, make sure your legislature doesn’t file any similar bills or initiatives like this in your state.


Tyrone / Healthy Democracy Oregon Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 6:39:00 PM CDT  

Healthy Democracy Oregon is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting a citizen based review of ballot measures and is in no way involved in advocating for or against ballot measures.

Healthy Democracy Oregon was not contacted by NWV News and we have a request in to NWV News to retract references to Healthy Democracy Oregon from the article you have referenced.

Tyrone Reitman
Healthy Democracy Oregon

Roy F. Moore Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 7:55:00 PM CDT  

Thank you very much for informing us about the situation with NWV News. We at the Review appreciate giving us a "heads-up" on this matter.

Let's hope that NWV News will not do something like this again in the future.

Again, Mr. Reitman, thank you very much for notifying us about this.

Viking Monday, September 1, 2008 at 2:10:00 AM CDT  

Roy, I'm an Oregonian myself, but I don't find this initiative nearly as bad as you do. As I understand it, the measure would allow anyone to run in a general primary (that is, a primary where all citizens in the jurisdiction could vote), but restrict the general election to the two highest vote-getters. (Perhaps "run-off election" would be preferable to "general election" in these circumstances.) That's not to say this would be ideal in my opinion. Personally, I would prefer a system where multiple voting is permitted - that is, a 2nd choice, a 3rd one, etc, not just one's 1st choice. That would seem to me to allow persons not of the two major parties, or, for that matter, dissident D's & R's, to have a chance. But, my druthers aside, this initiative doesn't seem as "downright sinister" as you believe, as all parties and non-partisan individuals are allowed, just at an earlier date in the year than at present. But I'll have to read the full initiative when it appears in the Voters Guide.


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