Washington State Redistricting Challenged
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Vancouver activist has asked the state Supreme Court to throw out the newly adopted legislative and congressional redistricting plan, and is asking the court to re-do the redrawing of state political boundaries. The new maps, were adopted by the four voting members of the citizen Redistricting Commission on Jan. 1, the Legislature made minor tweaks and the law went into effect without further action by the governor.
John Milem said the panel failed to comply with requirements to minimize division of counties and cities, to make districts of equal population, and to encourage electoral competition. Milem told the court “The commission has reduced competition rather than encouraged it,” as in making the 8th and 9th Congressional districts less competitive.
David Ammons, Communications Director for the Office of Secretary of State tells us On Wednesday, Milem filed a petition with the high court asking that the commission’s work be overturned. Milem told the court “The commission has reduced competition rather than encouraged it,” as in making the 8th and 9th Congressional districts less competitive.
He asked the court to re-do fresh redistricting. The constitutional says that if the commission fails in its task, the court has until March 1 to do the task.