We Need Fair Redistricting!

Link to https://www.peoplenotpoliticiansoregon.comLet’s end Gerrymandering.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If you would like to gather more signatures, you can ask for a 5- to 10-signature sheet by emailing sign@peoplenotpoliticiansoregon.com. 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.

Redistricting Forum – Preventing Gerrymandering

LWV of Oregon Redistricting Forum

Our Redistricting Forum was held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

See http://redistrictingmatters.org for more information about redistricting in Oregon. The 2020 U.S census is coming and so is the 2021 redistricting process. At the forum we learned about problems in our redistricting process now and proposals for fixing them.

We heard about our current process, how it affects elections in Oregon, and what reform could look like.  We learned about a new way to allow voters to elect representatives who truly represent the will of the people in their district.

What Kind of REform Do we need?

The League wants to put the process of redistricting back into the hands of voters.  We believe voters should be choosing their representatives—not representatives choosing their voters.  We can do this by amending the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission.

Guest Speaker: Candalynn Johnson, LWV of Oregon Redistricting Reform Campaign Coordinator, will talk about why the League supports reform.

For  questions about the forum please contact Candalynn Johnson, at Candalynn@lwvor.org.  You may also visit the redistricting reform website at:  www.redistrictingmatters.org.