Washington Redistricting Panel Late to Deal on New Lines

Washington state’s independent redistricting commission said Tuesday night that it had reached a bipartisan agreement on new legislative and legislative district lines just hours after admitting they had missed the state-imposed deadline. .

In a statement posted online, the chair of the commission, Sarah Augustine, acknowledged that the four voting members, two Republicans and two Democrats, did not meet the deadline. In a subsequent tweet, the commission said that it had, in fact, accepted new maps, even after the deadline.

“The plan won the consensus of the voting members of the Commission, but was not completed in the time prescribed by law, which gave jurisdiction over the process and its outcome to the state Supreme Court,” the commission tweeted.

“While we recognize that we did not meet the deadline for our maps to be considered by [state legislature]We don’t see any reason why the Court can’t do it, ”Augustine said in a statement. “These maps reflect the contributions of thousands of people who participated in the process with us. It would be a shame to see that these maps are not taken into account simply because the clock struck 12. “

The bizarre back and forth came after commissioners came out in disagreement before Monday’s deadline. At an online Zoom hearing as the hours ticked by, commissioners frequently disappeared in private mode, which according to some advocates of good governance, appeared to violate open meeting laws.

The commission held a quick vote to approve the maps before the midnight deadline, but they did not publish those maps. On Tuesday, they acknowledged that no real final agreement had been reached.

State law now gives the state Supreme Court authority to complete the reassignment process. But the apparently nonpartisan court, although five of the nine members were appointed by Democratic governors to fill the vacancies, is likely to give substantial weight to the final version of the commission.

The congressional district published maps by the commission Tuesday night they appear to make only cosmetic changes to the existing border lines.

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Washington State has one of the oldest redistricting commissions in the country, first used in the wake of the 1990 census. This year marks the first time commissioners have missed the state’s deadline for draw new limits.

In their statement Tuesday morning, commissioners blamed the delay in the release of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, caused by litigation over some Trump-era decisions related to the decennial census and the coronavirus pandemic, due to its inability to meet the deadline.


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