On December 30, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph opinion, upholding a decision of the State Court of Appeals that signatures of persons on the inactive voter list are not valid. Whitehead v Fagan, S068382.
The decision relates to whether a statewide initiative, Petition 50, should be on the ballot. It had enough valid signatures if inactive voters counted, but now it won’t appear on the ballot. The subject of the initiative is for a carbon-free economy by the year 2050.
The decision seems irrational. The reason voters are transferred to the inactive list is that the post office has indicated the person has moved and has not re-registered at the new address. But when such a…