The State of Copy Editing

How many copy editors are there in the state of Oregon? Apparently about 1,571,269, the number of people there who voted in November 2012 on the proposal to, in effect, copy-edit the state constitution.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, “Measure 78 called for a change in the terminology for the legislative, executive, and judicial parts of state government. These three are henceforth to be known in Oregon, as elsewhere, as ‘branches,’ not ‘departments.’ And the Legislature will have two ‘chambers,’ rather than two ‘branches,’ bringing Oregon in line with other states.” They will also change “references to the secretary of State to more gender-neutral ones,” added the Monitor.

The measure passed “by a landslide,” 1,129,688 votes to 441,581.

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