As we approach the 2020 census and the potential that Oregon’s population growth will result in the addition of a sixth congressional district, we need to make sure the process for drawing new district boundaries is fair.
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Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Reform Initiative
Changes who draws the lines and how
- Creates an independent multi-partisan commission of 12 Oregonians to take public testimony and draw legislative and congressional voting maps according to strict criteria.
- The commission will be made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and four others who are third party members or non-affiliated.
- Allows every-day Oregonians who meet certain criterion – such as being registered to vote in Oregon and not being an elected or appointed official or lobbyist – to apply to serve on the 12-member commission.
- Commission would be made up of Oregonians who represent the gender, racial, ethnic, geographic and other diversity of our state.
- Requires the commission to use transparent and objective criteria to draw lines.
- Adds criteria to promote competitive districts, protection against splitting communities, and fair representation.
Increase transparency and public participation
- Creates a stronger system for checks & balances of the multi-partisan commission.
- Requires a multi-partisan and majority vote of commissioners before maps can be adopted.
- Requires at least 10 public hearings to be held across the state, allowing the public to attend meetings, provide input and comments on the mapping process.
- Prevents partisan legislators, special interest lobbyists, and political strategists and staff from influencing the process.
Create positive impact for all Oregonians
- Ensures that every Oregonian’s voice counts in choosing our elected representatives.
- Gives Oregonians balanced leadership, focused on equal representation by their elected officials.
- Provides a greater opportunity for under-represented communities like low-income Oregonians, persons of color, rural Oregonians and seniors to have a voice in their representation;
- Creates better geographic, economic, social, community and political diversity in drawing the district maps for our state legislators and congressional representatives;
- Elect lawmakers who are more representative of their districts.
- Puts everyday Oregonians, not politicians, in charge of drawing voting districts.
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