A press conference was held today, exactly one month before the July 6 deadline to submit 88,184 valid signatures to the Secretary of State's office to put the Lift Every Voice Oregon Ballot Initiative Petition 43 on the November 6, 2018, Oregon General Election Ballot. It is also being held one day before the deadline to appeal the certified ballot title to the Oregon Supreme Court (Thursday, June 7). Here is the press statement:
PRESS STATEMENT FOR PRESS CONFERENCE Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon
LIFT EVERY VOICE OREGON CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR ALL PARTIES TO LET THE PEOPLE VOTE ON INITIATIVE PETITION 43
On February 14th, 2018, in Parkland Florida, 17 students lost their lives by use of an assault weapon — a semi-automatic riﬂe designed to shoot multiple rounds. The use of such weapons in Oregon has occurred in Springfield, Clackamas and Roseburg and in many other cities in this country — we all know the names of those cities too well.
The Lift Every Voice Oregon Campaign arose in response to Parkland and other tragic shootings because something needed to be done to keep our schools and communities safe. Our grassroots campaign, of mostly volunteers, ﬁled the initiative, known as IP43, to allow the people of Oregon to take a significant step to make Oregon safer. The Initiative Process has many steps, designed to ensure voters are informed on the issues and, then, empower them to vote directly on laws that will protect us. We want to do everything possible to ensure Oregon voters voices will heard without delay.
On May 23, 2018, the Attorney General Certiﬁed the Ballot Title as follows:
“Prohibits “Assault Weapons" (Defined), “Large Capacity Magazines” (Defined), Unless Registered With State Police. Criminal Penalties.”
Should we take action to keep our schools and communities safe by regulating assault weapons?
That’s the issue that Oregonians will be asked to decide on the ballot. The Lift Every Voice Campaign is poised to go to the people to collect the 88,184 signatures required by July 6th to put Measure 43 on the November 2018 Ballot. The urgency of taking action is crucial.
We, therefore, are announcing that the Lift Every Voice Campaign will not file an appeal of the Certiﬁed Title in the Oregon Supreme Court.
“We should let the people of Oregon vote on whether to keep our schools and communities safe by regulating assault weapons,” said Reverend Mark Knutson, chief petitioner for lP43. “People of faith, students and Oregonians across the state want to begin collecting signatures immediately. We urge all citizens and any organizations, regardless of their position, to allow this issue to come before the public for a vote. It’s time to end the delay tactics and legal maneuverings. Oregonians deserve the opportunity to vote on this matter immediately. We intend to Lift Every Voice and let each voice be heard." ‘
SIGNING SABBATH WEEKEND: FRIDAY, lUNE 29 - SUNDAY, JULY 1
SUNDAY, lULY 1: “LIFT 100,000 VOICES DAY"
The push for 88,184 signatures will not begin until we have cleared any court challenges to the Ballot Title. We will keep you posted to let you know when those petitions will be available.