Making Democracy Work
In 2021, LWVWA insured transparency in our map drawing process. We held listening session around the state to understand how communities want to be represented in the 2021 maps. We submitted the maps we created to the WA State Redistricting Commission.
Issue Chair: Alison McCaffree, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 720-6813
July 12, 2022 - On 11/16/21, the commission passed the responsibility to decide the maps to the Courts but did end up producing maps they negotiated passed the deadline. On 12/3/21, the Courts decided to accept the maps. On 2/8/22 The Legislature passed technical updates to the maps suggested by county auditors and election officials. On 2/23/22 The commission has agreed on a settlement on two lawsuits that attested they did not follow the Open Public Meetings Act. Two ongoing federal lawsuits attesting the maps violate the federal VRA are still in process. Trials scheduled for early 2023. The maps will not change for the 2022 Elections.
Mapping Input Overview
Your voting power starts here. Where the lines are drawn for Legislative and Congressional districts affects your voting power for the next 10 years. LWVWA put together map solutions below. We worked together with our Local Leagues and our coalition partners: Redistricting Justice Washington, Win/Win, More Equitable Democracy and the Washington Community Alliance to draw maps that represent communities of interest first. These maps comply with all redistricting statutes and aim to balance representation for all residents of Washington.Maps - LWVWA Solutions to Legislative & Congressional Districts
The League of Women Voters of Washington held a parallel process to develop new legislative and congressional district solutions – hosting listening session and drafting maps. Alison McCaffree is our Redistricting Issue Chair and led the work. We have executed a statewide, transparent, nonpartisan process to develop maps resulting in these example solutions that put communities of interest first. The following maps were submitted to the Washington State Redistricting Commission on September 23, 2021 for their consideration with the solution narratives.
Maps have been drawn with the following ranked priorities (click picture to enlarge):
Maps Summary: Executive Summary - Letter to Commissioners
Additional Example Map: (developed before Colville Tribes' press release clarifying their position) Map: https://davesredistricting.org/join/163fbd3a-f48e-49b0-88f8-780cd5af99c2
November 18, 2021 - After a confusing last meeting, the commission announced that it had failed to reach an agreement on the maps before the Constitutional deadline. The decision on the maps now goes to the WA State Supreme Court. However, after the deadline, the commissioners released the following maps as the results of their negotiations. In a press availability on 11/18/21 all four voting commissioner's restated their support for the maps and the hope that the WA State Supreme Court will approve these maps. The court has until April 18, 2022 to approve maps.
Link to maps on the Commission's site
DRA version of the Commission's FINAL maps
Commissioner's proposed maps.
The four voting redistricting commissioners released 8 sets of maps in September.
LEGISLATIVE Proposal in Dave's Redistricting App
CONGRESSIONAL Proposals in Dave's Redistricting App
These maps are meant for discussion purposes and should not be considered the position of LWVWA. After each listening session maps were adjusted according to feedback we heard. If you have questions or comments please email Alison McCaffree email@example.com.
Map Input Gathered To Date (8/1/21)
Listening Sessions - Mapping listening session have had conversation with your community about what is right and what is wrong about the current districts. How can they better represent your community? We hosted over 40 listening session across the state.
Washington has been divided up into regions and then by smaller areas of county of parts of counties. Scroll down to read the summary of the input we have received on each area of the state. These ideas will be considered when we are putting together our mapping solutions. Remember that a good map is balance between all needs for representation. Our goal is maps that maximize the number of people that feel like they can elect who they want to represent them.
Please send any input to Alison McCaffree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olympic Peninsula / Kitsap Co
Central & East Seattle
South Seattle and South King Co
South Sound ( Pierco Co, Thurston Co)
South West WA
North Central WA
South Central (LD 2, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 31)
North East WA
SpokaneCity of Spokane
South East (LD 8, 9, 13, 16) (CD 4th and 6th)TriCities
The numbers from the 2020 Census are at the heart of redistricting. The U.S. Census Bureau has delivered the apportionment numbers (4/16/21) and confirmed that Washington State will remain with 10 representatives in the U. S. House of Representatives. The detailed redistricting numbers were delivered August 12th.