Congressional and Legislative Districts

ORS 188.010
Criteria for apportionment of state into congressional and legislative districts


The Legislative Assembly or the Secretary of State, whichever is applicable, shall consider the following criteria when apportioning the state into congressional and legislative districts:

(1)

Each district, as nearly as practicable, shall:

(a)

Be contiguous;

(b)

Be of equal population;

(c)

Utilize existing geographic or political boundaries;

(d)

Not divide communities of common interest; and

(e)

Be connected by transportation links.

(2)

No district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring any political party, incumbent legislator or other person.

(3)

No district shall be drawn for the purpose of diluting the voting strength of any language or ethnic minority group.

(4)

Two state House of Representative districts shall be wholly included within a single state senatorial district. [1979 c.667 §1; 1981 c.864 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Article IV, section 6 of Oregon Constitution, as amended by 1986 referendum measure, grants Supreme Court original jurisdiction to determine whether Secretary of State’s reapportionment plan complies with this section. Ater v. Keisling, 312 Or 207, 819 P2d 296 (1991)

Secretary of State’s decision to adopt population deviation standard of plus-or-minus one percent was not in violation of this section, and did not foreclose adequate consideration of other statutory criteria. Ater v. Keisling, 312 Or 207, 819 P2d 296 (1991)


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