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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, 2:56 P.M.

Redistricting commission wraps up for today; take up again in morning

The redistricting commission will convene again in the morning; after reviewing all the public plans submitted today, commissioners had questions, including: If the public can come up with plans that divide Idaho into two congressional districts with exactly even numbers of people, to avoid legal challenge, must the commission meet that same standard? And if the public can come up with plans that don't divide counties and still vary only by 556 people between the two districts, must the commission meet that standard, too? Deputy Attorney General Mike Gilmore will report back to the commission in the morning on legal precedents, and the commission's staffers will report on how other states have approached that issue this year.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Russell covers Idaho news from the state capitol in Boise and writes the Eye on Boise blog.

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