New Redistricting Plan Cuts County Splits to Seven

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Same commission. New plan.

Idaho's Redistricting Commission passed, by unanimous vote Friday, a new way to slice up Idaho's legislative districts, after seeing its last plan shot down by the Idaho Supreme Court for crossing over too many of the Gem State's county lines.

The latest redistricting plan, dubbed L-93, was passed unanimously by the Idaho Redistricting Commission
  • The latest redistricting plan, dubbed L-93, was passed unanimously by the Idaho Redistricting Commission.

The new version splits only seven of Idaho's 44 counties, compared to the previous plan, which divided 12. Oddly enough, though, one of the proposed districts, No. 8, would stretch from Gem County, very close to the Oregon border, all the way to the eastern border of Lemhi County, next to Montana. The district would include all of Gem, Valley, Boise, Lemhi and Custer counties. Another district, No. 32, would include part of Bonner County in addition to all of Teton, Caribou, Bear Lake, Franklin, Oneida counties.

In the Treasure Valley, a proposed redrawing of District 14 could see a primary runoff among incumbent Republican Reps. Mike Moyle, Reed DeMourdaunt and Marv Hagedorn. In District 8, there could be a GOP face-off involving Reps. Ken Roberts, Steve Thayn, Carlos Bilbao and Lenore Barrett. Canyon County will be split among districts 10, 11, 12 and 13. A Republican primary in District 11 could pit Sen. Patti Anne Lodge against Sen. Melinda Smyser.

Overall, the new plan places at least 32 sitting representatives and senators in 10 districts in possible contests against incumbents.

You can see the full details of the map here.

The plan still needs to be signed off by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa before facing any legal challenges.

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