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Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Oregon Election Officials from Using Three-Letter Party Abbreviations on November Ballot

Published on August 30, 2010, by in General.

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.

4 Responses

  1. Casual Bystander

    If CON= Constitution instead of Conservative I wonder why LIB doesn’t equal Libertarian? Any idea?

  2. Demo Rep

    Any SRG = STUPID ROTTEN GOVERNMENT ???

  3. John Stith

    Richard, I hope you’ll cover the constitutional arguments. Abbreviations clearly give an advantage to more well-known party names.

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