Washington State redistricting commission reveals new maps
OLYMPIA, Washington: Following three months of public input, the Washington State Redistricting Commission unveiled their initial draft maps for congressional and legislative districts in Olympia on Tuesday, September 13.
Three of the four commission members endorsed the creation of a majority-minority congressional district - the first of its kind in the state - to be made of up parts of southeast Seattle and South King County cities. Both sides appeared to draw the lines to their advantage, with Republicans proposing more rural districts, while one Democratic map moved 15 current GOP state legislators out of their districts. However, no consensus was reached on the new 10th Congressional District's location.
Dates to keep an eye on:
|Sept. 13||Washington Redistricting Commission releases maps + beginning of public comment period|
|Oct. 11||End of public comment period|
- Washington Secretary of State, "Redistricting maps unveiled," September 13, 2011
- Whidbey News-Times, "Redistricting commission to unveil draft plan Sept. 13," August 30, 2011
- The Columbian, "Progress made in redistricting," August 29, 2011
- Seattle Times, "Panel unveils redistricting maps," September 13, 2011