If North Dakota’s redrawn legislative district map is finalized next month without any changes, rural representation will take a hit. Urban representation will increase. It looks like rural North Dakota will lose two districts. Two urban districts will be added: one in Fargo, one in Bismarck. That translates into a loss of rural legislators and a gain of city/suburban legislators.
As North Dakota lawmakers begin the work of drawing new legislative districts for themselves, a proposal to give the job to an independent commission has fallen short of the petition signatures it needed to get on the ballot.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, July 06, 2011
North Dakota lawmakers will be redrawing the state’s map of legislative districts this summer and fall.
The job starts Thursday when a legislative interim redistricting committee holds its first meeting.
North Dakota senators decided they should keep the power to draw their own districts, rejecting two proposed constitutional amendments that would have given the task to independent commissions.
If legislators keep control of redistricting, voters can punish their local lawmakers if they do a poor job of drawing a new set of boundaries, said Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown.
By Dale Wetzel , The Associated Press
, March 06, 2009
Californians fed up with 50 years of Democratic gerrymandering in legislative apportionment have initiated a measure for the November election that would take the 2010 reapportionment away from the Legislature and give it to an independent 14-member commission. A similar proposal was defeated in 2005.
, June 30, 2008
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