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Current Oregon Process
Every 10 years, the US Census requires that states must re-draw legislative and congressional electoral districts to account for population changes. Currently, these legislative and congressional districts in Oregon are drawn by legislators and subject to a veto by the Governor.
Redistricting in Oregon
- New district lines based on the 2020 census will be especially important because Oregon is projected to gain a sixth U.S. congressional seat due to population growth.
- Only four states in the West – including Oregon – don’t have some form of independent redistricting.
- Only twice since 1911 has the Oregon legislature passed a redistricting plan that became the final adopted plan. Oregon politicians have failed more often than not.
Read more about Oregon’s history of redistricting.
Redistricting around the country
- Advocates across the country in red, blue and purple states are fighting to reform redistricting to put people, not politicians, in charge of the process.
- As recently as 2018, five states passed redistricting reforms: Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Utah
- Seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Montana and Washington have independent citizen redistricting commissions
Click the map to read more about redistricting efforts in other states.
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