Idaho Secretary of State says redistricting maps have no legal standing

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September 30, 2011

Idaho

BOISE, Idaho: According to Ballotpedia's Redistricting Roundup, late last Friday, nearly three weeks after the deadline, the six original members of the Idaho Redistricting Commission announced that they had agreed on new legislative and congressional maps. The Democratic and Republican party chairs praised the work and were prepared to endorse the new districts. However, following a conference with Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said that the maps, L-83 and C-38, had no legal standing and could only be a recommendation to the new redistricting commission.

Meanwhile, Republicans named Sheila Olsen, the widow of a former state GOP chairman, along with former state legislators Randy Hansen and Dolores Crow, to the second incarnation of the commission. The new commissioners were sworn in on Wednesday, unanimously selecting Crow and Ron Beitelspacher to serve as co-chairs. The original commissioners presented their maps, asking them to be considered. The panel has a deadline of December 13 to agree to a plan.

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