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Ysursa to redistricters: Will be here on weekend to accept plan, ‘git ‘er done’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysura, right, addresses the Idaho redistricting commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysura, right, addresses the Idaho redistricting commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho's redistricting commissioners invited Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to address the commission this afternoon and let them know if they can file their final redistricting plan over the Labor Day holiday weekend. "Any time that you come up with a plan and want to file it, I'll make sure that I'm there or one of my deputies will be there to receive it," Ysursa told the commissioners. "If in fact you do get a plan, I will make every accommodation."

Asked what happens if the commission doesn't meet its deadline, Ysursa said that would leave the state with an existing legislative district plan that's clearly unconstitutional, due to population shifts - a big problem for elections. As the state's chief election officer, Ysursa said, he and/or others likely would file with the Idaho Supreme Court to order the commission back to work, though it's not clear at this point who exactly would be sued. "We are exploring with our counsel some procedures," Ysursa said. He told the commissioners, "There are some very tough decisions to be made, but the people of the state of Idaho wanted you to do this. Hopefully you will accomplish this," either within the set time frame or outside it. "I wish you godspeed, and as Larry the cable guy says, git 'er done."




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