Writings and observations

How the multiple parties thing works

Oregon candidates running under partisan tickets will, this year, be able to list cross-nominations from other (mainly minor) parties on the ballot and in the election guide.

What hadn’t been entirely clear is how, exactly, all of that works. What’s the procedure?

Well, it’s in this month’s Oregon Bulletin, published by the Secretary of State’s office, which includes all of the state rules changes among some other things. Oddly, the text of this particular rule (which is the Secretary of State’s own) somehow didn’t make it on line. But we got a copy of it via email from the SOS, and it reads just concisely enough that following it isn’t difficult.

Text of it below the fold . . .

165-007-0320
Multiple Political Party Designations
(1) The purpose of this rule is to adopt procedures for candidates appearing on the General Election ballot who are nominated by multiple political parties.
(2) The three character designation of a political party shall be added opposite the name of the candidate. The political party designations are:
(a) Constitution Party- CON
(b) Democratic Party of Oregon- DEM
(c) Independent Party of Oregon- IND
(d) Libertarian Party of Oregon- LBT
(e) Pacific Green Party- PGP
(f) Oregon Progressive Party- PRO
(g) The Oregon Republican Party- REP
(h) Working Families Party of Oregon- WFP
(3) Political party designations selected by candidates nominated by multiple minor political parties will appear on the ballot opposite the name of the candidate in the following manner:
(a) For a candidate who is nominated by a political party of which the candidate is a member, that political party designation shall appear first, followed by the political party designations of not more than two minor political parties selected by the candidate arranged in accordance with the random ordering of the alphabet required under ORS 254.155;
(b) For a candidate who is a member of a political party, but who is not nominated by their political party, the political party designations of not more than three minor political parties selected by the candidate shall be arranged in accordance with the random ordering of the alphabet required under ORS 254.155; and
(c) For a candidate not affiliated with a political party who is nominated by an assembly of electors as prescribed in ORS 249.735, or nominated by individual electors as prescribed in ORS 249.740, the three character designation for Nonaffiliated (NAV) shall appear first, followed by the political party designations of not more than three minor political parties selected by the candidate arranged in accordance with the random ordering of the alphabet required under ORS 254.155.
(d) For purposes of the random ordering of the alphabet required under ORS 254.155, the three character designations are what will be ordered.
(4) A key, in alphabetical order, to the three character political party designations shall be printed on each side of the ballot on which a partisan race appears.
(5) A key, in alphabetical order, to the three character political party designations shall be printed on each pair of pages of the state voter pamphlet in which a partisan candidate statement is printed.
(6) Political party designations selected by candidates nominated by multiple minor political parties as provided in section (3) will appear on the candidate statements printed in the state voter pamphlet beneath the name of the political party the candidate is a member of. These designations will not count toward the word limits for candidate statements.
(7) To accept multiple minor political party nominations, a candidate and state party officer completes and signs a Filing of Candidacy for Minor Political Party by Certificate of Nomination (SEL 110) and files it with the appropriate filing officer not later than the 70th day before the General Election as provided for in ORS 249.722.
(8) To withdraw from nomination a candidate must file a Withdrawal of Candidacy or Nomination (SEL 150) not later than the 67th day before the General Election.
(9) If a candidate submits more minor political party nominations than is allowed under ORS 254.135, every effort will be made by the filing officer to contact the candidate to secure a withdrawal to comply with the number of political party designations that may appear opposite a candidate’s name. If the filing officer fails to contact the candidate by the 67th day before the General Election, the filing officer may only accept the number of nominations allowed under ORS 254.135 based on the order the nominations were filed with the filing officer.

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