Redistricting keith meeting 7-13-21

Legislative budget analyst Keith Bybee, right, answers a question from Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, center, about legislative redistricting on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, during a Legislative Council meeting at the state Capitol in Boise.

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BOISE — The COVID-related delay in getting U.S. Census figures this year could have big implications for the political careers of sitting Idaho lawmakers, as new legislative districts aren’t likely to be drawn and final until well after the time they could move into a new district before the next election to keep their seats.

“There’s a law that says you have to live in your legislative district for a year prior” to the election, noted Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, as the Legislative Council got its first briefing on the upcoming redistricting process on Tuesday. “If this doesn’t come out till Thanksgiving, we have missed the year deadline. So for example, if you have a legislative district that has seven or eight incumbents, for example, they couldn’t move. They would have to run against each other or not run. Is that correct?”

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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