Idaho redistricting committee misses deadline for map, will head to court

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September 7, 2011

Idaho

BOISE, Idaho: The Idaho Commission on Reapportionment failed to agree to new maps of the state's legislative and congressional districts by yesterday's 5 p.m. deadline and will now be headed to court. The six member commission, consisting of three Republicans and three Democrats, had 90 days to draw up a plan. It is one of only 9 commissions nationwide that are responsible for redistricting.

The commission worked all through the long Labor Day weekend in search of a compromise, but by just after 2:30 p.m. yesterday, Republican Co-Chairman Evan Frasure suggested they adjourn for good, saying, "I am giving up hope."[1] While the commissioners were going through their last minute efforts, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa (R) was working on the lawsuit against them, drawn up by Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's (R) office.[2]

The case could be filed with the Idaho Supreme Court as early as today. Ysursa said he believes the most likely outcome would be for the court to clarify several points of contention before ordering the commissioners back to Boise. Alternatively, the court could also choose to appoint a special master to draw the maps or draw the maps themselves. If it is send back to the commission, Frasure will most likely have to be replaced - his doctors said the work has taken a bad toll on his health and advised him against continuing.[3]

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