Canyon, Ada residents consider communities of interest

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports As the 2021 redistricting commission gathered public input at a series of Treasure Valley meetings last week, residents of Ada and Canyon counties asked themselves: Which towns and neighborhoods feel like my community?  For much of the state, the redistricting commission has to decide which counties to fit together intoContinue reading “Canyon, Ada residents consider communities of interest”

“Time has come for a southwestern Idaho congressional district.”

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Ada County residents urged Idaho’s redistricting commission this week to stop dividing the county between the state’s two congressional districts. The commission held a series of five public meetings over three days to hear preferences and input from Treasure Valley residents on what they would like to see in newContinue reading ““Time has come for a southwestern Idaho congressional district.””

Treasure Valley public input sought in redistricting meetings

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The 2021 Idaho Commission for Reapportionment holds its first public input meetings this week, seeking feedback from communities in the Treasure Valley as the commission designs new legislative and congressional districts following the 2020 census. “The Commission would like to hear testimony regarding areas of local community interests including demographics,Continue reading “Treasure Valley public input sought in redistricting meetings”

Redistricting commission takes first crack at redrawing maps

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The Idaho redistricting commission held another series of meetings at the state capitol this week. The six-member bipartisan commission spent their time drafting example maps ahead of their statewide tour to gather public input on new legislative and congressional districts that will be in place for the next decade. OnContinue reading “Redistricting commission takes first crack at redrawing maps”

Redistricting commission builds foundation for next 90 days

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The 2021 Idaho Commission for Reapportionment met for the first time this week, beginning the 90-day process of creating new legislative and congressional district maps that align with 2020 census data. On Thursday, the committee laid out a tentative schedule for public hearings around the state, at which they willContinue reading “Redistricting commission builds foundation for next 90 days”

No surprise: Census numbers show Idaho growth concentrated in a few areas

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, the US Census Bureau released its 2020 Census information to states, allowing the redistricting process to begin. Later in the day, Idaho’s Legislative Services Office sent out spreadsheets with information on population changes by Idaho county, city, legislative district, and congressional district from 2010 and 2020. The documentsContinue reading “No surprise: Census numbers show Idaho growth concentrated in a few areas”

Legislature already bracing for redistricting legal challenges, hurried timeline

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The state now has a timeline for redistricting, and is already bracing for legal challenges and a cramped schedule.  Idaho and other US states go through a redistricting process after the US Census every ten years to make sure legislative and congressional districts have roughly proportional populations. Changing the mapsContinue reading “Legislature already bracing for redistricting legal challenges, hurried timeline”

35 legislative districts amendment approved by voters

By Logan Finney, Idaho Reports On election night, 68% of Idaho voters decided in favor of setting the number of state legislative districts at 35 before the 2021 redistricting process. If voters had rejected constitutional amendment HJR 4, the decision on how many districts to create would have been left to the redistricting commission. SinceContinue reading “35 legislative districts amendment approved by voters”