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Story by Sara ClineThe Associated Press/Report for America - Story Source
Published on Thursday March 11, 2021 - 9:55 PM

PORTLAND — As Oregon's redistricting deadline draws closer, and census data is delayed, the state's legislative leaders and the secretary of state are discussing how to move forward.

Oregon's Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, filed a petition Wednesday with the state Supreme Court, asking for a redistricting extension until the end of the year as they wait to receive 2020 census data.

However, during a Wednesday news conference Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said while she agrees about seeking clarity from the court, her office will offer another option — to move forward with the current July 1 deadline and use alternative data sets from Portland State University's Population Research Center.

"We are arguing for the same outcome in the sense that we both agree it is the Legislature's job," Fagan said. "It is not the Legislature or the (secretary of State). It's the Legislature. When, is our position."