Jimerson v. Rosenblum

Summarized by:

  • Court: Oregon Supreme Court
  • Area(s) of Law: Election Law
  • Date Filed: 12-08-2016
  • Case #: S064348
  • Judge(s)/Court Below: Baldwin, J.
  • Full Text Opinion

A ballot summary that is not concise and impartial must be modified to comply with ORS 250.035.

Petitioners challenged the language of a certified ballot title and summary that Defendant prepared for Initiative Petition 1 (2018). Petitioners contended because a sentence in the summary is misleading, that it did not comply with ORS 250.035(2)(d) and must be modified. A ballot summary must be “concise and impartial.” ORS 250.035(2)(d). An Attorney General may make legal interpretations, but cannot choose only one interpretation for a ballot summary. The ballot title is referred to the Attorney General for modification. 

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