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  Referendum: Measure 53Popular Vote
Yes 490,158 50.03%
No 489,477 49.97%
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Election Notes:
  • Oregon's Constitution generally requires that property may be forfeited only if the owner is convicted of crime involving the property. Constitution currently prohibits use of proceeds for law enforcement purposes. Measure would allow civil forfeiture of property for crimes that are substantially similar to crime of conviction. Measure would permit forfeiture without conviction if the person took property with intent to defeat forfeiture, knew or should have known that the property constituted proceeds or instrumentality of criminal conduct, or acquiesced in criminal conduct. The measure requires proof by preponderance of evidence to forfeit personal property, and by clear and convincing evidence to forfeit real property. The measure provides an exemption for forfeiture of animals. The measure would allow using forfeiture proceeds for law enforcement purposes.
Demographic Data

2010 Population:3,831,074Enum.2010 Population Density:15.4persons/km2
2008 Population:3,768,748Est.2008 Population Density:15.2persons/km2
2000 Population:3,421,399Enum.2000 Population Density:13.8persons/km2
Land Area (2000):248,631km2Annual Pop Growth Rate:1.1%

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  • Source for Popular Vote data: Oregon Secretary of State. STATE MEASURE NO. 53 Automatic Recount Certification, Oregon Secretary of State ( (accessed 14 Jul 2008)
  • Source for Population data: U.S. Census Bureau.
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