Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ada, Canyon Counties File as Friends of Court in Redistricting Tangle

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

While a string of Magic Valley and north Idaho counties prepare to do battle against Idaho's new redistricting plan, Ada and Canyon counties want the whole legal tangle to be over and done with. County clerks for Ada and Canyon said they're worried that a prolonged court battle might jeopardize next year's primary elections.

"The redistrict process may prevent Ada and Canyon County's Elections Divisions from being ready for the May 15, 2012 Primary Election," said a statement this afternoon from both counties. "Combined, the two counties account for more than 37 percent of Idaho's population. Legislative and congressional boundaries must be finalized before the clerks can begin their work."

As a result, the clerks today filed a so-called "amicus curiae," meaning "friend of the court," asking to appear before the Idaho Supreme Court when it listens to arguments against the redistricting plan.

So far, as many as 11 Idaho counties have challenged the plan, seven in the north (Boundary, Bonner, Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone, Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis), two to the south (Twin Falls, Owyhee) and one to the east (Teton).

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