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New district maps available

OLYMPIA — The Washington Redistricting Commission has put the finishing touches on the new maps for congressional and legislative districts.

True, the lines were set by the Legislature months ago, and the commission got them online fairly quickly. But getting everything in a nice map and get it printed on a large format page takes a bit more time.

You can order a free map by clicking here    

Redistricting panel: No decision on E. WA legislative or congressional boundaries

OLYMPIA — The Washington Redistricting Commission does not have maps for Eastern Washington legislative districts, or for the state's new congressional boundaries.

Commissioners met this afternoon, and the separate teams trying to come up with maps for those two tasks said they weren't done. And they had varying descriptions of how close they are.

“We're down to some final details we have to work on,” Commissioner Tim Ceis said about the congressional map.

“It's all in the eye of the beholder how close we really are,” Commissioner Tom Huff said of the Eastern Washington legislative map. “There's a possibility we will have a map tomorrow.”

“I wouldnl't hold out too much hope for tomorrow,” Commissioner Dean Foster said of the Eastern Washington map. “It takes a while to turn around a map.”

The commission split 2-2 on whether they should keep their 10:30 a.m. meeting Friday, but because it would take a majority vote to take it off the schedule, the meeting will happen whether they've got maps or not. Expect a very short session if there are no maps to put in the County Auditor's Christmas stockings for review this week.

Commission Chairwoman Lura Powell, who doesn't have a vote, told the four voting members to try to come in Friday with something, even it if they are just partial maps.

Redistrict commish sworn in

OLYMPIA — The panel that will redraw the state's congressional and legislative district lines was sworn in today, held its first meeting and adjourned without picking its fifth, non-voting chairman or chairwoman.

The four appointees took the oath of office from State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen before heading into their first formal meeting. They didn't mention any names for the top seat, but have another meeting set for Jan. 28.

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton said later that the nominee for the chairmanship should be known before that next meeting.

The state gets a tenth congressional seat, and all nine of the existing districts have too many people. The state keeps its 49 legislative seats, which have wide variation in population, so many of those lines will be redrawn, also

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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