Last Chance for State Redistricting comments

Last Chance for State Redistricting comments
If you want to ensure your Legislative District is properly redistricted—–You can make input directly to the commission.
See how below:
Your primary focus should be on what the charter calls for
• Make sure that, to the extent possible, boundaries of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities that have common interests are respected, and their division minimized.

The commissioners’ drafts will be posted on their website http://www.redistricting.wa.gov, where you can study them and submit comments. Public input to the drafts will wrap up with a meeting in Olympia on October 11. The meeting will be webcast and broadcast on TV so those unable to be in Olympia can participate from anywhere in the state. You can comment during the meeting by phoning in or joining the interactive webcast. We’ll post the details on our website’s front page.
After Oct. 11, the commissioners will meet as often as needed to hammer out a final plan for congressional and legislative districts. Their meetings will be open to the public and announced at least 24 hours in advance. The Commissioners have set a goal of Nov. 1 to agree on a final plan, providing time to correct minor errors before the Constitutional deadline for submitting the plans to the Legislature on January 1, 2012.
The State Constitution and statutes require that more than half a dozen criteria be simultaneously met, including keeping such communities together in districts, as much as possible. Communities of interest are groups of people defined by geography, transportation and commerce, common issues, local economies, and political boundaries such as counties, cities, port and school districts or voting precincts.
State and federal law tells us how the redrawing of voting district boundaries must happen. Legislative and Congressional voting district boundaries must be drawn to: half a dozen criteria
• Encompass, as nearly as can be done (or is “practicable”) equal numbers of people.
• Comply with the Voting Rights Act to ensure that minorities have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice. (congressional district)
• Make sure that parts of a district are not physically separated.
• Make sure that, to the extent possible, boundaries of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities that have common interests are respected, and their division minimized.
• Make sure they do not favor or discriminate against any incumbent, candidate, or political party.
GOP commissioners
Slade Gorton proposal link
http://www.redistricting.wa.gov/assets/maps/091311_Drafts/gorton_draft_091311.pdf
Tom Huff link
http://www.redistricting.wa.gov/assets/maps/091311_Drafts/huff_draft_091311.pdf
DNC commissioners (combined in one pdf)
Dean Foster
http://www.redistricting.wa.gov/assets/maps/091311_Drafts/tim_dean_presentation.pdf
Tim Ceis
http://www.redistricting.wa.gov/assets/maps/091311_Drafts/tim_dean_presentation.pdf

Bob Lawrence
PCRP Chairman