The Real Agendas Behind the November 2018 Statewide Ballot Measures

Oregonians have become used to misleading ballot measures that claim to have some public benefit but are actually designed to favor a few corporate special interests over the rest of us.


The Rogue Action Center supports Measure 102 on affordable housing and opposes the other measures on the ballot this year. Here are the facts to help voters make up their minds.

YES on Measure 102. This measure is supported by affordable housing groups throughout the state. It would remove a roadblock that has made it harder for cities and counties to support more affordable housing development. It would no longer require that local governments themselves administer affordable housing that they support. This common sense, bipartisan measure was endorsed unanimously by the Oregon House of Representatives and by a majority of both major parties in the Oregon Senate.


NO on Measure 103.  Corporate special interests have spent more than $2 million to put this on the ballot. It would permanently prevent the state, cities, or counties from requiring major chains like Walmart that sell soft drinks, candy, or groceries to pay their fair share of taxes. Other types of businesses have joined the opposition to Measure 103 on the grounds that this one industry should not get a free ride when it comes to supporting education, transportation, health care, and other basic public services


NO on Measure 104. The Automobile Dealers Association and Oregon Association of Realtors are some of the leading special interests funding this measure that would make it nearly impossible for the legislature to take any action if it would raise revenue to fund basic services. Instead of a majority vote being enough to pass, any measure that would result in increased revenue, such as discontinuing a special interest tax loophole, would require a three-fifths vote.


NO on Measure 105 (IP22).  This measure is supported by white supremacists aiming to scapegoat people of color and immigrants in our communities. It would repeal a successful state law, passed 30 years ago with bipartisan support, which makes clear that it is the job of the federal government, and not local law enforcement, to enforce immigration laws. As Oregonians United Against Profiling points out, passage of Measure 105 would open the door to profiling, stopping, and detaining any Oregonian solely because they “might” be an undocumented immigrant.


NO on Measure 106. This measure attacks the rights of women and families by taking away access to the full range of reproductive services from many Oregonians including public employees such as nurses, firefighters, and teachers, people on the Oregon Health Plan, and immigrant women. Measure 106 would amend Oregon’s constitution to prevent any public money from being spent on abortion. Oregonians oppose cuts to healthcare access, as we saw earlier this year when more than two-thirds of Oregon voters defeated Measure 101, another attack on healthcare access.


Please join Oregonians across the state in looking behind the curtain to see who is really behind Measures 103, 104, 105, and 106 and what their real agenda is, and vote NO on all four. And please join us in voting for Measure 102 for affordable housing.

Make sure you can vote on November 6th, 2018

In Oregon you can update your voter registration information until 8 p.m. on Election Day and still cast a ballot. However, if your registration is updated close to an election, your ballot might have to be issued at the county elections office.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office website has all of the information, and a secure web portal where you can check your voter registration status, register to vote, or update your voter information such as address.


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