The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley
The Oregon Legislature is in danger of being cut out of the process of drawing up new legislative and congressional voting districts because 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data likely won’t be available until after July 1 — it was supposed to arrive April 1.
The Oregon Constitution requires redistricting to be finalized by July 1 every 10 years. This year, Oregon’s population was expected to have grown enough to allow for a sixth congressional district to be drawn.
Former President Donald Trump enacted a policy that called for the Census Bureau not to count undocumented immigrants in the final tally — a move that would have favored Republicans’ national redistricting efforts — but after being sworn in on January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order reversing the . . .