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Citizen Initiative Review Panel Successful


Before the November election, a group Oregon voters gathered to study two ballot measures. After in-depth review, the group wrote recommendations against the two measures and submitted their thoughts to voters. The Citizen Initiative Review was a pilot project studied by the University of Washington. They reported back to the Senate Rules Committee that voters who knew about the citizen reviews found them useful. Doctor John Gastil said Oregonians were surveyed on how they'd probably vote on the measures before and after they read the citizen reviews. There was a shift. Before reading the reviews, a majority of voters said they favored the measures. After reading the review, a majority was opposed.


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