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Publication Date: May 2004

Publisher(s): Democracy Reform Oregon

Author(s): Janice Thompson; Sarah Wetherson

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: News release

Coverage: Oregon


As Oregonians head out for the summer festivals that traditionally start with Memorial Day, they are likely to run into another staple of summer gatherings--petition-wielding signature gatherers. What are Oregonians likely to see on those clipboards--and how likely are they to make the ballot?

Judging by campaign finance reports, only a handful of campaigns are in a position to make the November ballot.