State’s high court floats redistricting extension amid delay

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has floated a plan that would give state lawmakers an extension on a deadline to redraw electoral boundaries because of pandemic-related delays in U.S. Census data. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney earlier this month asked the state’s high court to extend the Legislature’s redistricting deadline to July 1 but Secretary of State Shemia Fagan says the new electoral map can be drawn without the delay. Under the court’s tentative plan, lawmakers would have until October 15 to redraw legislative districts. The updated Census data is expected Sept. 30 from the federal government.