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No maps expected today from Redistricting Commission

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 22, 2011 at 11:25 am |
December 22, 2011 11:25 am

The commission’s staff hasn’t been given new maps to distribute, so there likely won’t be any new proposals at a meeting this afternoon. But commissioners will provide an update on their efforts to redraw Congressional districts and Eastern Washington legislative districts

And they could meet again as soon as Friday as they creep closer to a Jan. 1 deadline for finishing their work.

At their meeting earlier this week, commissioners heard testimony about their proposals for Western Washington legislative districts, which are almost done except for meshing the two maps at the King County-Pierce County line.

They heard from South King County Democrats who don’t want their district to slop over the line and include Pierce County residents.

No offense meant to their neighbors, the 30th district Democrats said afterward. But adding Pierce voters would mean they would have to recruit delegates to send to two county-level Democratic Party organizations, and those would be hard to find in the tiny area of Pierce that would move into the 30th in one map.

At issue are the cities of Milton and Pacific, which cross county lines. Redistricters are trying to keep cities together.

Barely more than 800 Milton residents live in King County; fewer than 100 people in Pacific live in Pierce County.

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