Friday, November 03, 2006

Election Day, 1857

On the second Monday of November, 1857, the voters of the Oregon Territory had a ballot with just two questions:
  • Do you vote for the Constitution? Yes or No?
  • Do you vote for slavery in Oregon? Yes or No?
The Constitution passed and slavery failed, paving the way for statehood in 1859.

This November 7 there are 10 statewide questions for voters to answer "yes" or "no." Your mark will decide these questions, just as the voters did on that ballot 149 years ago.


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