Legislative, congressional district maps get public review

A state redistricting panel will hold hearings Tuesday and Saturday. Final maps must be OK’d by Nov. 15.

OLYMPIA — Democrats and Republicans on the state’s Redistricting Commission have put out proposals for how they would redraw boundaries of Washington’s 49 legislative districts and 10 congressional districts.

Now they want to hear what the public thinks about their political cartography.

The panel will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed legislative maps from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Similar statewide outreach on the congressional maps is slated for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Additionally, comments on the proposed maps can be submitted in any language via the “How to Participate” page on the commission’s website at www.redistricting.wa.gov.

The public is encouraged to submit their own proposals using the commission’s online mapping tool.

Input for the public will help the panel’s voting members — Democrats April Sims and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw and Republicans Joe Fain and Paul Graves — resolve differences before a Nov. 15 deadline to adopt final maps for the legislative and congressional districts. The new boundaries will be in place for the 2022 elections.

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