Public comment needed on future congressional districts | Regional
GRANDES FALLS, Mont. – Montana currently has a congressional district, but in the 2022 election we will be winning another.
So the Montana District and Allocation Commission met this week to discuss the proposed district lines.
They reduced 230 cards submitted by the public to nine to five submitted by the Democratic side of the commission and four submitted by the Republican side.
The Republican maps all have the same thing in common that plunges the state between east and west.
Democratic maps varied but generally combined Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, and Helena in one district in the southwest and they added Kalispell to the east.
“Our goal is to produce a map that abides by the laws and constitution of Montana and accurately reflects a map of which the Montanan will be proud and represent the interests of our state,” said Dan Stusek, commissioner of the District and Commission. distribution of Montana.
Overall, they want to reduce those nine cards to one, and they need your help to do that.
They seek public comment and want you to use your knowledge of Montana to define the lines that make the most sense.
“The Montana commission and commissioners have read all of these comments and care and your opportunity to weigh in is now,” Stusek said.
They look at all types of entries and if you look at the maps most of them are spread about evenly in terms of population – right down to the person on some maps.
“There are requirements and laws in our Montana constitution about how you divide that that are mandatory. And then there are criteria that maybe are goals or are discretionary,” Stusek said.
The committee is made up of two members chosen by Republican leaders in the Montana legislature and two by Democratic leaders in the legislature.
“None of us are civil servants, but we are all appointed by the party and the legislature,” Stusek said.
They also have an independent / non-partisan president chosen by the Montana Supreme Court.
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic members voted to move each other’s cards forward, so the president severed ties and pushed the nine plans forward.
“It will be that way for the next 10 years and will probably set a precedent for the next 20, 30, 50 years and what that looks like for Montana and what our values are,” Stusek said.
To view the maps, click here.