Redistricting 10-12-21

Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission meets on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Commissioners are, from right, Amber Pence, Bart Davis and Dan Schmidt; and from middle to left, Eric Redman, Nels Mitchell and Tom Dayley.

After 18 public hearings all around the state, hours of testimony, and painstaking work on possible new legislative and congressional district lines, Idaho’s citizen redistricting commission now plans to return in two weeks to continue its task.

“This is harder than I ever thought,” said former state Sen. Bart Davis, co-chair of the commission. “I honestly had no idea how complex this math problem is.”

The six-member bipartisan panel had hoped to agree on new draft legislative and congressional districts for Idaho on Wednesday, but members said they weren’t there yet.

“I think we’ve still got some work ahead of us,” said Commissioner Eric Redman, a former state representative from North Idaho.

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Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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