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Redistricting Matters

A divided Oregon

Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines that define political districts.

For legislative and congressional districts, this typically occurs after the completion of the federal census every ten years. Redistricting should change districts to more accurately reflect the changes in numbers and interests of constituents.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon and Leagues across the nation are now studying redistricting and how it is accomplished in each of their states. We held our first forum on this subject in Nov. 2018. Now we are planning a new one. Please attend!

Link to Redistricting in Oregon presentation.

Join your League for another fascinating in-depth look at Redistricting AKA Gerrymandering —

Redistricting Forum – Open to the public, free of charge.

  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
  • 1:30PM to 3:30PM
  • Roseburg Public Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470

Download a flyer here. Help spread the word about the Feb. 21 Forum by printing this flyer and handing it out.

If you didn’t make the first meeting, you can watch two live-streamed videos that were recorded the evening of the forum. They are located on our YouTube Channel here https://youtu.be/sPtN3WepN0Q (Part 1) and here https://youtu.be/a5ogsRIu2ow (Part 2).

What It Is ~

Redistricting, or AKA Gerrymandering as it has been practiced, is when elected or appointed officials in charge of redistricting reconfigure districts to favor a political party, incumbent, or candidate. Often the purpose of gerrymandering is to also create uncompetitive races or “safe districts” where districts are drawn to give one party or interest a clear advantage and secure incumbency.

There are 3 common types of gerrymandering:

Partisan: Where parties who are in control of the redrawing the districts, do so in a way that solidifies or even increases the number of seats of their party in the legislature or congress.

Bipartisan: Where typically both parties are equally represented in the decision making process and negotiate or trade in order for each party to have a more safe districts to protect their respective interests or incumbents.

Racial: Refers to a process in which district lines are drawn to prevent racial minorities from electing their preferred candidates.

There are two ways that gerrymandering is often implemented with the help in recent technology:

Cracking: Spreads opposition voters across districts comfortably favoring the gerrymandering party, wasting opposition party votes in districts that their party can’t possibly win.

Stacking: Places as many opposition party supporters into as few districts as possible such that the opposition wins as few seats as possible.

Click on the links below to find out more.

* How it works in Oregon

* History of Redistricting

• History of Reform in Oregon


1 Comment

  1. Mary Kelley says:

    Thank you for the video featuring the County Commissioner candidates for 2018. I had no other means of learning who they were and what their values were for last-minute voting, until I found your video. I easily made my choice from that. Thanks again!

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