Initiative Petition 57

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

Read Initiative Petition 57 here.

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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