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Voters' Pamphlet beats old record.

Byline: David Steves The Register-Guard

SALEM - A record-setting Oregon Voters' Pamphlet will start going out today to nearly 1.7 million voters.

The pamphlet is setting a record for the number of arguments on a single measure - in this case, Measure 49, which revises the 2004 property-rights initiative, Measure 37.

Supporters submitted 69 pages of arguments and opponents turned in 48 arguments against it, for a total of 117 arguments. That exceeds the previous record of 83 arguments for and against Measure 37.

The other statewide ballot issue, Measure 50, attracted 58 arguments - 31 against and 27 for its passage.

Measure 50 raises the cigarette tax to pay for children's medical insurance and other health-related programs.

Mary Conley, spokeswoman for Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, said despite all the high-tech methods for campaigning now available, the Voters' Pamphlet was still a popular way to get out pro and con arguments on ballot measures.

"People say it's the best return on an investment for an advocacy argument because it gets put in the hands of every registered voter in Oregon," said Conley, whose boss oversees the Oregon Elections Division.

The state charges $500 per argument, which can be up to 325 words.The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 16. Ballots are mailed out beginning Oct. 19.

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The Oregon Voters' Pamphlet is also posted online at www.sos.state.or.us/elections
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