The League of Women Voters of Oregon believes in putting our best democracy foot forward. We know that we deserve the best possible government and we invest the energy to achieve it. Oregon led the fight for direct election of Senators to Congress, pioneered vote-by-mail and has one of the nation’s most engaged citizenry. Now it is time for Oregon to reform it’s redistricting process.
The League supports redistricting reform that would make our system less susceptible to abuse and unrepresentative distortions. With an independent redistricting commission, we would take the process of redistricting out of the hands of partisan politicians and back into the hands of voters. To defend the principles of good government against potential gerrymandering, our proposal combines a multipartisan independent commission with strong criteria and substantial public input. As we approach the 2020 census and the potential of adding a sixth congressional district to Oregon, we need to make sure district boundaries are fair. Biased political goals can manipulate this process and affect election outcomes at state and national levels.
Oregon voters should be choosing their representatives, not representatives choosing their voters.
Donate to the League of Women Voters of Oregon Advocacy Fund and support our mission to ensure a fair redistricting process.
LWVOR’s redistricting resources: Redistricting in Oregon Presentation (PDF)
Additional redistricting media resources and tool kits:
- United States Census Bureau. “Why We Conduct the Decennial Census.” Decennial Census of Population and Housing, Accessed 3 Oct. 2018.
- LWVUS Redistricting Action Toolkit
- Redistricting Campaign Website
- What is Gerrymandering?, VOX.com
- League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund. Redistricting in Oregon, 2007 “Lines That Don’t Divide.” City Club of Portland [PDF Download]
- Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. “Redistricting Reform Task Force.”
- FairVote, “Redistricting”
The League of Women Voters of Oregon is currently scheduling additional forums in 2019. If your group is interested in having a Redistricting Forum near you email Candalynn@lwvor.org.