Idaho redistricting commissioners have decided to move five plans to the top of the list for consideration: C-38, the compromise plan proposed yesterday by GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito; three new plans submitted today, two of which are minor revisions of C-38 and one of which is a “cleanup” to the GOP's earlier “Five Mile Plan;” and C-37, proposed yesterday by Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane. The first four generally keep the line between the two congressional districts about where it is, just sliding it to the west in various ways in Ada County; C-37 is a plan that would divide the state horizontally, pairing Canyon, Owyhee and Elmore counties with eastern Idaho in District 2, and joining Ada County with everything north, including Custer and Lemhi counties and all of North Idaho, for District 1. All five plans have population deviations between the two districts of zero to one person.
“From 45 (plans) down to 5 - I would call that progress,” said Commission Co-Chairman Evan Frasure. “We have a lot to digest here. … Hopefully we have a winner in here.” The commission will reconvene at 2 this afternoon.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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