Second Redistricting Plan PassesFriday, October 29, 2021
Over the last year, we have talked a lot about the US Census and how the new information about population changes each state's Congressional and state legislative districts. Iowa's process is known as the fairest in the country. We have a non-partisan legislative staff that draws the new maps. They are not allowed to consider things like where current legislators live or how many Republicans vs. Democrats are in the district. They can only look at keeping population as equal as possible, keeping districts as compact (small) as possible, and keeping cities and counties together (not splitting them if at all possible).
The Iowa Legislature met yesterday and passed the second set of maps that were sent to them - maps that redraw Iowa's four Congressional districts, 50 Iowa Senate districts, and 100 Iowa House districts. After voting down the first set of maps last month, the Legislature accepted the second set of maps (48-1 in the Senate and 93-2 in the House).
The Governor is expected to sign the maps into law, saying "Today’s decision by the Iowa Legislature to approve the second draft of the legislative and congressional redistricting maps is very encouraging. I am confident in how the process played out—just as the law intended, and I believe these new districts will fairly and accurately represent the citizens of Iowa for the next decade.”
- The new legislative maps can be found here.
- If you want to know who represents you in a new district, you can use the interactive map here (just put in your home address).
- If you want to see which legislators got thrown together or where the open seats are in the new map, click here.
What does this mean to you?
It is important to note that these maps are for the 2022 election - your current elected officials will continue to represent you through the end of 2022. However, if you are going to end up with new elected officials, you can contact both your current and your new elected officials about issues during the 2022 session. it's a good time to introduce yourself as someone in their new district. We will talk more about that in upcoming Capitol Chats and in our January issue of infoNET.
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