The “People Not Politicians” initiative would put an independent citizen commission in charge of redistricting in Oregon. That means that a balanced group of citizens – instead of partisan politicians – would design the maps of election districts. Passing this initiative would protect the rights of voters to elect representatives who truly speak for them. This is because it would prevent gerrymandering the districts. Gerrymandering separates groups of voters with similar values and interests, which decreases their voting power. This initiative also calls for the commission to hold ten public hearings to hear people’s comments about their plans.
Below are quick, easy ways you can help make Oregon’s redistricting process fairer, more transparent and impartial. The League of Women Voters of Oregon is one of nine main supporters of a citizen initiative, “People Not Politicians.” We need more than 150,000 signatures to get this on the November 2020 ballot. And we need to submit them by July 2nd!
How to help:
That’s a short timeframe, but here are easy ways you can help—even with social distancing.
- Go to the “People Not Politicians”website to read about Initiative 57 and to print and sign a single-signature petition. Then follow the instructions to mail it in.
- Email the link to the “People Not Politicians” website to Oregon friends and family; ask them to download, print, sign and mail in the petition too.
- If you would like to gather more signatures, you can ask for a 5- to 10-signature sheet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll probably need some extra help in June. Stay tuned!
Create an independent redistricting commission
Now is our chance to put a nonpartisan commission in charge of redistricting in Oregon. This would prevent gerrymandering. In other words, it will keep future legislators from creating district maps that favor them and their parties. Getting enough signatures to make Initiative 57 into a 2020 Ballot Measure—and then passing that measure—is important to ensuring a fair and impartial redistricting process and protecting voters’ rights. Thank you for your support and help.
Our NEWLY UPDATED directory of Elected Officials is an easy Guide
Do you have ideas or questions about voting or how your government is working for you? Here is a resource you can use. Just updated in January 2020, the League’s Directory of Elected Officials has information and ways to contact your government representatives. Everyone who represents you is included – from the President and US Congress, to City Councils, School Boards and Special District directors. If you contact them, they do pay attention! To download a copy, click here.
For more information, check these website pages:
Want to ask or comment about what’s happening in your community? Concerned about state and national issues? Download your copy of the July 1 edition of the LWVPDX Multnomah County Directory of Elected Officials here.
The Directory of Elected Officials has phone numbers, email addresses and websites for government officials serving the people of Multnomah County. We just updated it by adding the new school board members who took office on July 1.
You can find how to contact President Trump, your U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as state legislators, county, and city officials. You have a right to speak out on issues that concern you. Let your government know your questions and thoughts.
You can also find information in this directory about registering to vote. And there’s more contact info on this website under Advocate, Contact Elected Officials and also lots of voting info under Vote.
Make your voice heard and your vote count with information from the League of Women Voters!
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon heard the constitutional youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, on June 4, 2019. Counsel for youth plaintiffs, Julia Olson, argued on their behalf and an attorney from the Department of Justice argued on behalf of the federal government. The League of Women Voters supports the young people in their climate lawsuit against the US Government. You can view a recording of the hearing here.
In 2015, 21 young Americans filed a lawsuit ( Juliana v. United States) against the federal government for knowingly contributing to climate change and violating their constitutional rights. The Juliana v. US lawsuit established that young people have a constitutional right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life.” That right is being violated.
the Portland Rally!
Hundreds of people rallied in Portand and watched a livestream of oral arguments at Director Park in downtown Portland. There was a press conference with the young plaintiffs following the hearing. In March 2019, Multnomah County, OR, filed a brief supporting the plaintiffs. Chair Kafoury and Multnomah Commissioners attended the rally.
The YouTube video of the hearing had 4,890 views by the evening of June 4.