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OR Voters Approve Anti-Slavery, Anti-Walkout Measures

PORTLAND, OR -- Oregonians had strong opinions on the four statewide ballot measures, but only two showed clear outcomes as of Wednesday. Measure 112 - removing language allowing involuntary servitude as punishment for crime appears to be passing. The ACLU celebrated the win, "We are so grateful to Oregonians with lived experience of incarceration, and the young people at Willamette University who got Measure 112 on the ballot. And, we are so grateful to Oregonians who said no to slavery." Another supporter said Tuesday night, "This part of the Constitution enshrines one of the darkest parts of our nation’s history. But tonight we move it forward. We just want to be clear that there is still more work to do to bring equity."

Measure 113 saw a decisive victory. It prohibits state lawmakers with 10 unexcused absences from serving another term. Supporters said Tuesday night it will help important issues move forward, "Like protecting our climate, standing up for workers, a women’s right to choose, preventing gun violence, addressing homelessness and standing up for Oregon values that have otherwise been derailed by walkouts." And, she said, it will hold legislators accountable, "We can’t walk off the job with zero consequences and zero accountability; and Oregonians are tired of politicians who think they can play by a separate set of rules. This is a victory for all Oregonians who care about our Democracy and about moving our state forward."

Measure 111, ensuring affordable healthcare access, and Measure 114, requiring a permit to buy firearms were still too close to call, as of Wednesday morning. Click HERE for the latest statewide totals.

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