Kootenai County's board of county commissioners has formally decided to join a planned lawsuit challenging Idaho's new legislative redistricting plan that Twin Falls County plans to file this week. The North Idaho county's commissioners say in a news release that they object to the proposed new District 7, which would include about 5,000 residents of Kootenai County, along with all of Shoshone, Clearwater and Idaho counties stretching to the south, an arrangement the commissioners contend “will make representation very difficult.” They wrote, “Kootenai County is unique in the northern part of the state in that we have the population base to have three legislative districts contained completely within our county borders. Our goal is to keep our county whole as dictated by the state constitution and ensure appropriate representation for our citizens.” You can read their full statement here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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