Redistricting in works for county commission

The exercise is carried out every 10 years, after each national census.

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WALLA WALLA -- Lines on Walla Walla County's political map are likely to shifting soon thanks to the 2010 Census.

County commissioners and county Auditor Karen Martin began discussions Monday on how to adjust the county's three commissioner districts to balance the population numbers in each district.

State law requires the numbers in each district be equalized following completion of the latest U.S. Census. The last time districts were equalized was in 2001 following the 2000 Census.

After considering the options, commissioners Greg Tompkins, Perry Dozier and Gregg Loney asked Martin to try to come up with a plan to move voting precincts to equalize numbers rather than re-draw precinct boundary lines. Commissioners have until April 30 to equalize the districts.

According to population data from the 2010 Census, the optimum number for each of the three commissioner districts is about 19,572.

District 1, which concentrated mainly in the city of Walla Walla and represented by Loney, is about 369 people more than the optimum number and District 3, which covers the western portion of the county and is represented by Tompkins, is about 345 people more than optimum.

District 2, which covered the eastern portion of the county and is represented by Dozier, is about 713 people under the optimum number, according to Census data.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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