Oregon Independent Redistricting Commission Initiative (2012)

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An Oregon Independent Redistricting Commission Initiative did not make the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have repealed legislative redistricting by the legislature and starting 2013 an appointed commission of retired judges would conduct the redistricting.[1]

The measure was proposed by Kevin Mannix, who previously proposed a similar measure in 2010.[2]

Text of measure

The official ballot title is:[1]

Amends Constitution: Repeals legislative redistricting by Legislative Assembly; starting 2013, appointed commission of retired judges conducts redistricting.

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote replaces legislative redistricting by legislatures or Secretary of State with redistricting by appointed commission of retired judges or Supreme Court, beginning in 2013.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains process of legislative redistricting by Legislative Assembly after each census; if legislature fails to complete redistricting plan, Secretary of State conducts redistricting.

Summary: Amends Constitution. Currently, Legislative Assembly reapportions state's legislative districts based on populations every ten years, after federal census, using statutory criteria. If legislature fails to complete redistricting, Secretary of State redraws districts after public hearing, testimony, evidence. Redistricting plan my be challenged in Oregon Supreme Court. Measure replaces current process with redistricting by commission of retired circuit court judges, appointed by Chief Justice. Commission takes public comment, holds hearings throughout state. Each district must be geographically "maximally compact" (defined). Legislature may not restrict or direct commission; substantially hinder commission in performing its work independently; or repeal, amend or refer plan to voters. If commission defaults, Supreme Court provides final, unreviewable plan by year's end. Commission redistricts in 2013, overturning any 2011 redistricting plan. Other provisions.

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 116,283 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.

See also

Similar measures

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Oregon Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment (2010)

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