Oregon officials seek answers about redistricting deadline

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon’s redistricting deadline draws closer, and census data is delayed, the state’s legislature leaders and the secretary of state are discussing how to move forward. Oregon’s Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek filed a petition Wednesday with the Oregon Supreme Court, asking for a redistricting extension as they wait to receive 2020 census data. However, during a news conference Wednesday Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said that 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.