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  • Double majority doesn't apply to measures

  • Do ballot measures 66 and 67 fall under the double-majority rule? I read the voter's guide and didn't see a single-word about it. I read the Mail Tribune and couldn't find it there either. Did I miss it some place?
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  • Do ballot measures 66 and 67 fall under the double-majority rule? I read the voter's guide and didn't see a single-word about it. I read the Mail Tribune and couldn't find it there either. Did I miss it some place?
    — Gretchen H., Eagle Point
    Neither of the ballot measures fall under the double-majority rule, where not only does the measure need to pass, but more than half of the registered voters need to participate for approval.
    According to Don Hamilton, a spokesman for the secretary of state's office, the basic thing to remember is that the double-majority only applies to property tax issues. Neither Measure 66 nor Measure 67 are about property taxes.
    "This is a referendum election asking voters to ratify action by the Legislature," Hamilton said. "Property taxes are never a statewide issue, they're only local or regional."
    Additionally, recent Legislative action limited the double-majority rule to May and November elections.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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