Multnomah County and Metro are asking for public feedback on their proposed redistricting plans, which are required because of the 2010 U.S. Census figures.
All governments with seats elected in districts must redraw those boundaries after the U.S. Census Bureau completes its 10-year population count. The law requires that each district represent roughly the same number of people, meaning that district boundaries must be adjusted every year to account for population increases or decreases.
The redistricting work being done by the 2011 Oregon Legislature has received some press coverage because it includes congressional and legislative districts. But the Multnomah County Commission and Metro Council are also elected by district, and the population numbers have shifted within them, according to the 2010 Census.
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