Proposed redistricting maps - as updated Dec. 14
UPDATE: The proposed maps were revised Dec. 10, 2021 (details below). Additional maps detailing the state's proposed changes to the congressional districts and the county's proposed changes for precincts were added Dec. 14.
The Lewis County Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC) plans to hold two hearings regarding proposed changes to commissioner district and precinct boundaries within Lewis County.
Under the provisions of RCW 29A.76.010 and RCW 36.32.020, the BOCC is required to divide Lewis County into three commissioner districts, with each district comprising -- as nearly as possible -- one-third of the population of the county. The BOCC must ensure that voting precincts are not divided by commissioner district lines and must prepare a redistricting plan for the commissioner district boundaries every 10 years based on new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The public hearings will take place in the Commissioners' Hearing Room at or after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, and Tuesday Dec. 21, 2021.
During the hearings, individuals will be invited to speak and/or provide written statements regarding the proposed changes. All individuals wishing to speak are encouraged to attend. Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing by emailing the BOCC at BOCC@lewiscountywa.gov or Clerk of the Board Rieva Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Redistricting Hearing” in the subject line.
Following are the proposed maps being considered (please click on each to view the corresponding map):
Option 1 During the public hearing held Dec. 14, the commissioners indicated they are not interested in pursuing Option 1. Option 2 During the public hearing held Dec. 14, the commissioners indicated they are not interested in pursuing Option 2.
The proposed maps (Options 1-4) were revised Dec. 10, 2021, to reflect the following changes:
- Small change to the BoCC line at Exit 63 to accommodate the new proposed Legislative boundary line as OK'd by the state Supreme Court (now goes to the Legislature for approval).
- Updated the population totals on map & tables to reflect the change (only 7 people affected).
- Added the proposed Legislative Boundary (as a black string of dots) that causes precinct splits.
- Shows all of the newly proposed precinct splits/merges as they will be with new labels for names and populations.
- Gave the southern part of Prescott its own unique name: Ferrier.
- Expanded the text description in lower left to state exactly which precincts are being split/merged and why (new leg boundary, too many registered voters, etc.).
- Lists the precincts that have new names due to splits.
- Added the specific precinct swaps/exchanges in the tables below each panel map to help clarify which Commissioner District is gaining/losing which precinct.