Libertarian Party Chair and Vice Chair Comment on Defeat of Measure 90 

Oregonians sent a strong message of support for strong third parties and for the value of a vibrant culture of ideas in their elections, with a crushing rejection of Measure 90.  Backed primarily by out-of-state interests, Measure 90 sought to replace the current primary elections system with an "open primary" listing all candidates from all parties, with only the top two vote recipients advancing to appear on the general election ballot.  

While some claimed that this would actually be beneficial to third parties, similar schemes in other states have resulted in nearly total exclusion of minority voices from general elections.  Indeed, in places where one or the other of the major parties are dominant, this sort of process has seen only two Democrats or two Republicans available to voters on Election Day. 

 "As a Libertarian, I want voters to be able to express the full range of their opinions on their ballots, instead of having a sterile monoculture of political positions to choose from," said Lars Hedbor, Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.  Wes Wagner, Chair of the LPO added, "When you find the Oregon Democratic Party, Constitution Party, and Libertarian Party all fighting against a measure, you know that you have a spectacularly bad idea." 

The Libertarian Party of Oregon operates its own, privately-funded primary elections, and nominated 50 candidates in this election cycle, 33 of which were Libertarian Party-only nominees, with 17 fusion nominations.  With the failure of Measure 90, the LPO expects to build on this success in the next election, with the eventual goal of displacing the GOP as Oregon's second major party. 

 Said Wagner, "We're grateful to the voters that they provided a clear message to these out-of-state meddlers -- Oregon likes its choices unfiltered."

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Just a reminder to our members - there are no dues required to be a voting member of the Libertarian Party of Oregon. So long as you are a registered Libertarian voter in the state of Oregon, your voice is welcome in determining the future of your party and your state. Thanks again for your commitment to liberty and to a better Oregon!

(We have, sadly, gotten word of a fraudulent fundraising letter claiming to request "dues" in order to secure voting privileges at a "Libertarian Party of Oregon convention." We are investigating the appropriate action to deal with this clear violation of the Non-Aggression Principle and the law.)