Ballot initiatives on medical marijuana and mandatory minimums for certain sex crimes have officially gathered enough signatures and will appear on the November ballot.
Secretary of State Kate Brown this morning certified that Initiative Petitions 13 and 28 have enough valid signatures for Oregon's Nov. 2 statewide ballot.
The two were among six petition efforts submitted by July 2, the last day to turn in signatures for the 2010 ballot. They needed 82,769 valid signatures to gain ballot access.
If passed into law by voters, Initiative Petition 13 would establish mandatory minimum sentences "for certain major felony sex crimes and driving under the influence convictions."
The secretary of state's office reported that 68.21 percent of the petition effort's136,674 signatures were valid, a total of 93,223 signatures.
Initiative Petition 28 would create a "medical marijuana supply system and assistance and research programs," and allow "limited selling of marijuana." It garnered a 65.68 percent success rate out of 130,702 signatures, with 85,848, found to be valid.
The Elections Division has until Aug. 1 to determine which initiative petitions qualify for the ballot. Once that process is complete, each qualified petition will be assigned a measure number in the order in which the completed petitions were submitted for signature verification. Numbering will start with Measure 70, which will be assigned to one of the three referrals sent to the Nov. 2 ballot by the Oregon Legislature. The initiated measure numbers will begin this year with 73. Ballot measure numbers are no longer repeated.
The results of all initiative petition signature verifications for the 2010 election will become final on Aug. 1, the constitutional deadline to complete signature verification. Until then, any legal challenges or amended verification reports could alter the final numbers. Thus, results are considered unofficial until the Aug. 1 deadline.
Full descriptions of all the measures can be found in the Initiative, Referral and Referendum section at http://www.oregonvotes.org , the Oregon Elections Division web site.