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Washington State redistricting commission reveals new maps

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September 15, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Figure 1: This map shows the Washington Congressional Districts after the 2000 census.

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.[1]

Figure 2: This map shows the Washington Legislative Districts after the 2000 census.

The release of the maps marks the opening of the public comment period on the draft maps, which will continue through October 11. Final maps are expected to be completed by early November.[2][3]

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.[4] However, no consensus was reached on the new 10th Congressional District's location.[1]

Dates to keep an eye on:

Date Event
Sept. 13 Washington Redistricting Commission releases maps + beginning of public comment period
Oct. 11 End of public comment period
November Expected completion

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