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Two redistricting challenges filed with Idaho Supreme Court

The Idaho Supreme Court has received not one, but two legal filings this morning challenging Idaho's legislative and congressional districts lines, now that the redistricting commission has failed to meet yesterday's deadline to draw new plans - one from Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, and another from attorney Christ Troupis on behalf of the GOP members of the redistricting commission. You can read Ysursa's challenge here, and the GOP challenge here.

Ysursa asks the high court to declare current district lines unconstitutional, provide guidance to the commission on which factors - constitutional and statutory - it must weigh and in which order, and send the commission back to work for up to 60 days to draw new plans. The GOP commissioners ask the court to rule that statutory provisions such as the road rule must be complied with rather than just seeking to minimize county splits, and adopt plans it has proposed reflecting that; or, if the court finds minimizing county splits outweighs the other rules, that the court adopt the GOP commissioners' proposed minimum county splits plan as superior to the Democratic commissioners' proposals; or to give the commission three more days to approve an appropriate plan. They also ask the court to adopt a GOP-proposed congressional district plan.

Ysursa's filing, by contrast, asks the court to "defer to the Commission to provide it the full opportunity possible to comply with the Constitution's directive that the Commission apportion legislative and congressional districts," and says, "Alternative means of apportionment should only be considered as a last resort."

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