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Informe: Necesario mejorar proceso de redistribución de distritos en OR

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Monday, October 16, 2023   

Oregon tiene un margen de mejoría a la hora de trazar líneas de distritos electorales, según un nuevo informe.

La organización no partidista Common Cause califica al estado con una "C menos", por su proceso de redistribución de distritos, que tiene lugar cuando los estados reciben los datos del censo y los utilizan para trazar los límites de los distritos legislativos.

La directora de Common Cause Oregon, Kate Titus, afirma que el estado es un modelo de buenas prácticas democráticas en muchos aspectos, y que registra sistemáticamente una alta participación electoral.

"Pero cuando se trata de redistribución de distritos, Oregon tiene un proceso controlado por la Legislatura," dice Titus, "y eso es intrínsecamente problemático, porque los legisladores tienen un conflicto de intereses al trazar las líneas de los distritos en los que van a presentarse."

El informe critica a Oregon por su inadecuada divulgación pública y por no incorporar las aportaciones del público, especialmente de los miembros de la Tribu Confederada de Warm Springs por sus preocupaciones de que el mapa divida su reserva de la cercana ciudad de Madras.

Dan Vicuña es el director de redistribución de distritos y representación de Common Cause. Dice que, en décadas pasadas, la redistribución de distritos era un proceso relativamente desconocido y sin escrutinio.

Sin embargo, Vicuña cree que el público relaciona cada vez más la forma de los mapas electorales con su lucha por los recursos.

"El público entiende que permanecer en un distrito con una comunidad que comparte preocupaciones de todo tipo" argumenta Vicuña, "puede realmente marcar la diferencia entre tener un campeón en los pasillos del poder... o no tenerlo."

Vicuña afirma que los estados que obtuvieron mejores resultados en el informe son los que retiraron la redistribución de distritos de las manos de los legisladores en favor de comisiones independientes y bipartidistas.

California y Massachusetts obtuvieron las calificaciones más altas: "A menos".

El apoyo para este informe fue proporcionado por The Carnegie Corporation of New York.



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