Voters should be choosing their representatives, not representatives choosing their voters.
Oregonians believe in putting our best democracy foot forward. We know that we deserve the best possible government and we invest the energy to achieve it. We led the fight for direct election of Senators to Congress, pioneered vote-by-mail and have one of the nation’s most engaged citizenry.
But the foundation of our state government, the very mechanisms by which we choose our elected representatives is archaic and out of touch with academic research, best practice and common sense. We have created a system by which partisan elected officials have every incentive to distort the districts they represent to their personal and partisan advantage.
There are many ways that our redistricting process could be improved, from creating an independent commission to fairly representing prison populations. Our coalition represents hundreds of thousands of Oregonians and we believe that we deserve the best possible government.