Thursday, January 19, 2012

Primary Looms as Redistricting Plan is Tossed

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said he's not inclined to delay Idaho's primary on May 15 or the filing deadline on March 9, following the Idaho Supreme Court's decision to toss out the proposed redistricting map, which will define legislative and election boundaries.

In a 4-1 decision handed down Wednesday, the justices said the map was unconstitutional, siding with challengers from Twin Falls, who claimed the redistricting had inappropriately divided 12 of Idaho's 44 counties.

"Because the plan divides more counties than is required to do so, it violates ... the Idaho Constitution and is therefore invalid," wrote Chief Justice Daniel Eisman.

The redistricting commission is expected to reconvene as early as next week.

Ysursa told the Associated Press that the state "has been in a position before" of making changes to its redistricting plan against a tight election deadline.

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