After Idaho’s legislative redistricting commission failed to meet its three-month deadline last week, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced the state will have to start the process all over again, starting with a brand new commission entirely.
The last commission couldn’t come to a decision on how to redistrict the state and instead wasted 92 days fighting about it before coming up empty-handed. According to a 2009 law modification, previous panelists are barred from ever serving on the commission again, meaning everybody from the last group has to go.
So how will the new and improved redistricting commission handle things on take two? If the bitter stalemate of the last attempt means anything, it’s going to be a long three months.
The biggest implication of the ordeal is not only the higher cost to taxpayers but also the potential effect on the upcoming elections in November. Officials are rushing to name the new panelists who will have another 90 days to come to a compromise on redistricting, but voters usually like it when their districts are decided before they hit the polls.
[via AP/Local News 8]