Redistricting Reform Task Force
Redistricting is the process of drawing the geographic boundaries to create electoral districts for congressional and legislative representatives. This occurs every ten years in conjunction with the publication of the National Census and will take place in 2021.
Oregon’s legislature is responsible for redrawing district lines objectively. However, partisanship and incumbency can unduly influence how districts are reshaped. Many states around the country have realized this problem known as gerrymandering. Washington and California have reformed their processes, creating independent commissions to oversee redistricting rather than relying on a partisan legislature and incumbents tethered to their preexisting district boundaries.
Many leaders are concerned and taking action.
Both Democratic and Republican state legislators drafted redistricting reform bills to be debated in this current legislative session. The League of Women Voters and the Portland City Club both voiced concern and have developed reports on reform ideas that show support for independent redistricting. Oregonians from across the political spectrum, all of whom care about fairness and objectivity, want to improve the process with more independence and less partisanship.
This growing concern was the catalyst for the convening of the
Redistricting Reform Task Force.
Task Force Documents and Resources
Informational background material submitted by task force members or the public.