Ballot Title. A ballot title describes a city measure and includes a caption, a question and a summary of the measure. All ballot titles for city measures must comply with the requirements of ORS 250.035 or successor statute.
Candidate. An individual whose name is printed or expected to be printed on the ballot, an individual who campaigns for write-in votes, or an individual who collects or spends money to secure nomination or election to office at any time, even if the specific office is not indicated and the candidate’s name does not appear on a ballot.
Certify. With respect to a completed petition means the city recorder’s determination that the completed petition includes all of the information required by law and at least the number of elector signatures required by section 2.972 of this code.
Chief petitioner. The elector responsible for the preparation and organization of an initiative or referendum petition. Not more than three electors may be designated as chief petitioners for any one initiative or referendum petition.
City attorney. An attorney or law firm appointed by the city manager to provide legal advice to the manager and council on election matters.
City office. The office of mayor, city councilor or Eugene Water & Electric Board member.
City official. The mayor, a city councilor or a Eugene Water & Electric Board Member.
City recorder. The city manager or the manager’s designee.
Completed petition. An initiative or referendum petition that includes all of the information required by law and at least the number of signatures required by section 2.972 of this code.
Conflicting measures. Measures are conflicting when any part of one measure cannot operate concurrently with a provision of the other measure or when one or both measures expressly provide that they are intended to be the exclusive enactment for that area of legislation.
Election. A general election, primary election, special election or emergency election.
Emergency Election. An election held on a date other than those dates described in ORS 221.230(1) or successor statutes. To call an emergency election, the city council must find by resolution that an emergency exists that requires an election sooner than the next available election date under ORS 221.230(1) in order to avoid extraordinary hardship to the community. In calling an emergency election the city council must comply with the requirements of ORS 221.230(2)-(4) or successor statutes.
General election. An election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even numbered year, or as otherwise defined by the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
Initiative petition. A petition by one or more qualified electors to initiate proposed legislation to be approved or rejected by the electors at an election.
Legislation. A law of a permanent or general character which creates policy as opposed to executing policy already in existence, and which is within the meaning of “legislation” as that term is used in Oregon Constitution, Article IV, Section 1(5).
Measure. A proposed city ordinance, charter revision, charter amendment, or a proposition, question, or advisory measure placed on the ballot by the council, including a measure referred on the recommendation of the Eugene Water & Electric Board. “Measure” also includes municipal legislation, charter revisions and charter amendments placed on the ballot by initiative or referendum petition.
Organization. Includes a corporation, association, firm, partnership, joint stock company, club or other combination of individuals having collective capacity.
Primary election. An election held on the third Tuesday in May of each even-numbered year, or as otherwise defined by the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
Prospective petition. The information, including the text of the proposed measure, required to be included in a completed petition, except signatures and other identification of petition signers.
Protected ordinance. An ordinance adopted by initiative in accordance with the Eugene Charter of 2002, section 32-A. A protected ordinance may be amended or repealed only by the electors or by unanimous vote of councilors present and voting at a council meeting. The initiative petition and the ballot measure for a protected ordinance must state that it is proposed as a protected ordinance and must explain the limitations on its repeal or amendment.
Referendum petition. A petition by one or more qualified electors to refer legislation adopted by the council to the electors for their approval or rejection at an election.
Special election. An election other than a primary or general election, held on one of the dates described in ORS 221.230(1) or successor statute (the second Tuesday in March, the third Tuesday in May, the third Tuesday in September or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November).