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.
Lines That Don't Divide
A City Club of Portland report​
Pushbutton Gerrymanders? How Computing Has Changed Redistricting​
Micah Altman, Karin MacDonald, M​ichael McDonald
Redistricting in Oregon
Leauge of Women Voters of Oregon study​
​​When the People Draw the Lines
Raphael J. Sonenshein​


Recordings on Oregon State Legislature website:

​Presidential Quotes

"I think we’ve got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters and not the other way around. Let a bipartisan group do it."
President Barack Obama, 2016

"The fact is gerrymandering has become a national scandal. . . . The congressional map is a horror show of grotesque, contorted shapes. Districts jump back and forth over mountain ranges, cross large bodies of water, send out little tentacles to absorb special communities and ensure safe seats."
President Ronald Reagan, 1987