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No Big Surprises On Oregon's Signature Deadline Day

Garry Knight

The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have a range of controversial topics to decide this fall.

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Most of the high-profile campaigns turned their petition sheets in early. Those include an effort to legalize recreational marijuana and another that would require labeling of food products with genetically engineered ingredients. Also in the hunt is an initiative that would create a so-called top two primary system in Oregon.

Elections workers with the Oregon Secretary of State's office have about a month to determine whether any of these initiatives will have enough valid signatures to qualify.

One initiative has already qualified for the ballot: It would put a guarantee of equal rights for both genders into the Oregon Constitution.

Not making the ballot was an initiative to ban the public funding of abortions. Sponsors of  the initiative say they fell short of the number of signatures needed to qualify.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.