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“Washingtons political boundaries must change as a result of the once-a-decade remapping effort that adjusts for population shifts detected by the U.S. Census, and the public side of the job is just getting started.

The Washington State Redistricting Commission will hold the first of 17 meetings around the state this week including a Wednesday evening public forum in Olympia at the Cherberg Building, next door to the Capitol…

Legislative districts face similar makeovers. The fastest growing legislative district was the 2nd, which runs from Rainier and Yelm in Thurston County to McKenna, Roy, Graham, and Eatonville in Pierce County. That Republican-to-libertarian-flavored area grew by 36 percent and now has 26,471 people more than the target of 137,236.

As it is redrawn to shed voters and shrinks in geographic size, it might be pulled entirely out of southeast Thurston County,” quoting the Tacoma News Tribune.

This area’s redistricting public forum is scheduled this evening at the following location:
* Olympia: Wednesday, May 18, John A. Cherberg Building, 304 15th Ave., Senate Hearing Room 1

The forum begins at 6 p.m. with an open house and presentations. Public comment will be heard from 7 to 9 p.m.

TVW, the states non-profit public affairs television network, will webcast the forum so that anyone in the area may participate. Instructions for webcast participation will be available on the Redistricting Commission website before the forum begins.

Posted by Steve on May 18, 2011 at 6:13 am | Permalink

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