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'OPB Politics Now': What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?


A ballot is turned in an official county ballot return box in Oregon.

A ballot is turned in an official county ballot return box in Oregon.

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This November, Douglas County voters will weigh in on a home rule charter.

It would dramatically change how the county is governed. Charters are like a bit like a constitution for the county, and nine other Oregon counties already have them, including Multnomah County. Host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman and Jefferson Public Radio’s April Ehrlich about what how this form of local government affects everyday citizens.

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