Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Measure 113


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Date: February 1, 2024
Contact: Laura Kerns |

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade’s interpretation of Measure 113, which disqualifies legislators with unexcused absences in 2023 from running for reelection in 2024.

“I’ve said from the beginning my intention was to support the will of the voters,” said Secretary Griffin-Valade. “It was clear to me that voters intended for legislators with a certain number of absences in a legislative session to be immediately disqualified from seeking reelection. I’m thankful to the Oregon Supreme Court for providing clarity on how to implement Measure 113.”

The Secretary announced in August she would direct the Elections Division to implement an administrative rule providing guidance to candidates on Measure 113, which was passed by voters in November 2022. Measure 113 states that 10 or more unexcused absences “shall disqualify the member from holding office as a Senator or Representative for the term following the election after the member’s current term is completed.”