Once every ten years, the United States takes an official headcount called the Census. Census workers count every man, woman and child to guarantee all people are fairly represented in the political process.
In spring 2011, Washington received the 2010 Census data for redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. This data indicates Washington’s 2010 population is over 6.7 million people, an increase of nearly 1 million residents in 10 years. The data collected will help Washington’s redistricting commission redraw the boundaries in the 15th and all Washington legislative districts.
The Commission is made up of 4 commissioners appointed by the House and Senate Republican and Democrat caucuses. Each commissioner must develop and release his own plan before coming together to draw the final boundary lines.
A few weeks ago the four district plans were released. In all four plans, the boundaries of the 15th District look very different from the present. This means some of you may be drawn out of the 15th District. Please take a moment to look at these maps and what they mean for you as a current resident of the 15th District. The commission welcomes your comments, and you can even look at what other people are saying about the proposed plans. You can email the commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 786-0770 and leave your comments. Letters can be mailed to Washington State Redistricting Commission, P.O. Box 40948, Olympia, WA 98504-0948.
Click on this link meetings for public comment for detailed information about opportunities to comment in person. Please note the meetings are all in Olympia.