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Esposito: 'This process should only take three days'

In an Idaho Republican Party news release this afternoon, GOP Redistricting Commissioner Lou Esposito says he thinks the commission could come up with a redistricting plan in just three days. “If they give us the proper clarification and guidance on our inquiries contained within our petition, this process should only take 3 days of reconvening for the Commission to reach an agreement,” Esposito said. He and the other two GOP commissioners filed suit this morning, asking the Idaho Supreme Court to adopt GOP redistricting plans or give the commission three days to finish the job; Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa also sued, asking the court to send the commission back to work for up to 60 days. Click below to read the full release.

FOR RELEASE:                                                                                                                                                                                                    
September 7, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                          

Republican Redistricting Commissioners File Suit

Boise, ID – Earlier today, the Idaho Republican Redistricting Commissioners petitioned the Idaho Supreme Court seeking judicial review of the Legislative and Congressional District apportionment, following the failure of the Idaho Redistricting Commission to propose a constitutional apportionment plan on September 6. The suit asks for specific direction from the Idaho Supreme Court on whether the Commission should follow the Constitution alone “minimum county split” or also apply the statutory criteria of 72-1506. The suit also asks for adoption of the Congressional District plan, C-38, as well as asking the court for 3 days rather than 30 days of reconvening.

“If they give us the proper clarification and guidance on our inquiries contained within our petition, this process should only take 3 days of reconvening for the Commission to reach an agreement,” stated Lou Esposito, spokesman for the Republican Redistricting Commissioners. Esposito continued, “If the Idaho Supreme Court decides to put the ball back in our court, we look forward to working with the Commissioners across the aisle to reach an agreement on both a Congressional and Legislative map that will serve the State of Idaho well for the next ten years.”

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