Five measures, five minutes

You’ve seen them on television, in the newspaper and on internet pop-ups; it’s been nearly impossible to catch an unbiased view at the most controversial Oregon ballot measures. Oregonians are voting on these measures, whose unbiased summaries are listed below. For additional information, visit, and


Measure 88: Provides Oregon resident driver card without requiring proof of U.S. citizenship.

Supporters: The roads will be more safe because there will be fewer unlicensed drivers to worry about. All Oregonians have the chance to obtain a license and the measure pays for itself through its fee structure.

Opposition: Will harm the well-being of citizens because illegal aliens could appear to have citizenship through the drivers cards as they could be confused with real licenses. This measure may encourage more illegal immigration into Oregon because the drivers cards are incentives to live in Oregon.


Measure 89: State and political subdivision can’t deny equality of rights on account of sex. The goal is to prevent gender based discrimination in the State of Oregon.

Supporters: Can put on the Oregon Constitution equal rights for women, this measure would put an end to gender based discrimination.

Opposition: It is unnecessary and not needed. It would cause a hassle because of more work in changing the Oregon Constitution.


Measure 90: Oregon Open Primary Initiative:

Change the current voting primaries from having a two party system, to everyone voting on the same ballot with the top two candidates advancing.

Supporters: Allows non-registered Democrats, Republicans and Independents to vote in the primary that is so crucial for deciding who governs the state.

Opposition: This measure will destroy small party voters by not enabling them to gain their majority of the vote.


Measure 91: The control, regulation and taxation of marijuana act would remove penalties for 21 year olds and older for possessing, using and growing (a limited amount) of marijuana. The tax on marijuana will be distributed by the Liquor Commission; 40 percent to Common School Fund, 20 percent to Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services, 20 percent to local law enforcement, 15 percent to State Police and 5 percent to Oregon Health Authority for alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

Supporters: The current approach encourages black market selling of marijuana. This way it can be regulated.

Opposition: There are no THC-potency testing laws in place for marijuana being grown.


Measure 92: Requires food manufacturers to label Genetically Modified foods, not applying to animal feed or food served in restaurants.

Supporters: Argue that labeling GMO foods will assist shoppers in seeing where pesticides and herbicides are present in food. It is about consumers right to know what they are buying and being informed customers. Opposition: State that Oregon would be the only state to branch from the existing nationwide standard of labeling. These people say that the cost of grocery shopping will increase because of an entirely new way of packaging foods.