Redistricting Forum in Newport – Nov. 27th from 11 am to 1 pm
Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 Hwy 101, Newport
Please join the League of Women Voters of Lincoln County as we tackle a big issue: Redistricting. The 2020 U.S census and the process of redistricting will have a huge impact on Oregonians, especially since Oregon may receive a sixth congressional district. Come on November 27th, 11-1:00 pm to the Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport and learn about our current redistricting process, how it affects elections here in Oregon, and what reform could look like.
• The League of Women Voters of Oregon has received a grant from the League of Women Voters of the US Education Fund to create a program for state-based education that aims to promote a reform to our current redistricting process here in Oregon.
• The LWVOR and LWVUS have positions on redistricting that call for a reform that would require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission with strict criteria for drawing district boundaries.
• The League supports redistricting reform that would make our system less susceptible to abuse and unrepresentative distortions. With an independent redistricting commission, we would take the process of redistricting out of the hands of partisan politicians and back into the hands of voters.
• The goal of reforming our redistricting process is to change who draws the lines of our districts, increase transparency and public participation in the redistricting process, clarify the requirements of where district lines get drawn, and to close the loopholes in our current system by clarifying redistricting criteria and requirements.
• The League supports reform because we focus on the lines, not the politics.
• Voters should be choosing their representatives, not representatives choosing their voters.
• A fair process benefits everyone regardless of party affiliation.