Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Oregon Election Officials from Using Three-Letter Party Abbreviations on November BallotAugust 30th, 2010
On August 30, the Progressive Party, and the Working Families Party, filed a lawsuit in Oregon state court against a proposal by the Secretary of State to print three-letter abbreviations on the November ballot, instead of full party names. The case is Progressive Party of Oregon v Brown, Marion County Circuit Court, 10C-20167.
Oregon in the past has always printed party names on ballots, but this year the Secretary of State wants to use abbreviations, which would be: REP for Republican; DEM for Democratic; CON for Constitution; IND for Independent Party; LBT for Libertarian; PGP for Pacific Green; PRO for Progressive; and WFP for Working Families.
Also the Secretary of State wants to use NAV for independent candidates. “NAV” means “non-affiliated voter.” The lawsuit will probably be heard quickly. The lawsuit rests mostly on statutory construction, but includes constitutional arguments as well. Another co-plaintiff is incumbent State Senator Larry George. Here is the brief.