The Referral Process
A referral is a resolution prepared by the governing body to place a question on the ballot for electors to decide.
The referral is filed with the appropriate filing officer.
state governing body is the Legislature. Referrals are filed with the Oregon Secretary of State.
county governing body is the county court or county board of commissioners. Referrals are filed with the officer responsible for conducting elections and administering election laws at the county level, usually the county clerk.
city governing body is the city council. Referrals are filed with the officer responsible for administering election laws at the city level, usually the city recorder or city administrator.
district governing body is the district board of directors. Referrals are filed with the county court or board of county commissioners, district board or other body or officer authorized to call a district election.
Oregon Association of County Clerks