Oregon Voted for Prohibition 100 Years Ago Today

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Key: Yes percentage in 10 percent increments from 0-10 at far left through 90-100 at far right. Darker indicates a higher yes percentage.

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Prohibition was passed and added to the Oregon Constitution in 1914 after falling short previously. The local option had passed and been added to Oregon’s laws a few years earlier. Prohibition was added to the United States Constitution in 1920 and repealed in 1933.

Above is a map of the voting percentages for yes by county. The key is below.

As one can see, Multnomah County was the least supportive among Oregon’s counties. This fit with the national pattern. Prohibition typically did better in rural areas and worse in urban areas.

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MEASURE DETAILS:

MEASURE 17: Prohibition Constitutional Amendment

REFERRED BY INITIATIVE
PASSED

PROHIBITION CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Its purpose is to prohibit after January first, 1916, the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors within the State of Oregon, except upon prescription of a physician, or for scientific, sacramental or mechanical purposes.

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