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Redistricting: Minimizing county splits now is ‘an absolute’

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa told Idaho's citizen redistricting commission as it reconvened this morning, “This commission has a solemn duty to redistrict the state of Idaho, and I wish you well in your deliberations and will support you 100 percent.”

Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane told the commission, “Based on what the Supreme Court has said, one-person, one-vote still has to be at the top of the list. … County splits now have to be minimized, and we have clear direction on that. … In my reading of that case, that is an absolute.” The court was so firm on that point, he said, that by its ruling, the proposed plan submitted by Twin Falls County would be unconstitutional, because it unnecessarily split Teton County. Kane said including internal splits, mathematically, in any 35-district legislative plan, “You can't avoid splitting seven counties.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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