The council has scheduled a public hearing for Map C2 at 8:30 a.m. on May 11.
If approved, Map C2 would move the northern end of District 2 into District 5, while the northern end of District 3 would be split between District 2 and District 4. Also, the eastern boundary of District 3 would be moved east into District 4.
Unlike the 04-19-2022 map, Map C2 would also keep Bowerman in District 3. The 04-19-2022 map would have moved Bowerman into District 4.
Olson and Lentz were disappointed by the council majority’s decision to reject the 04-19-2022 map and instead move forward with this latest version. Map C was created and rejected by the county redistricting committee in October.
Olson said she didn’t want to change course again with residents already waiting to register or file for the upcoming elections.
“The (04-19-2022 ) map in front of us is the only map that has not been influenced by partisanship and by direct involvement from policymakers. Given how, to put it lightly, messy this process has been, this is the only map that begins the work of cleaning up that process,” Lentz said.
Auditor Greg Kimsey, whose office has been waiting for a final map to be adopted, said if there are going to be changes from the November voter-approved map, it would be advisable to have a map adopted no later than May 11.
“It would enable the Elections Office to implement those changes into the elections management system … The earlier we get this done, the better it is for the Elections Office and for candidates, as well,” Kimsey said.
Former Democratic redistricting committee member Janet Landesberg, who unsuccessfully sued the county over its handling of the redistricting effort, said Map C2 was not an appropriate option.
“The C2 map is just as gerrymandered as the A2 map as it was modeled on the Republican redistricting committee members’ drawing of the A2 map to include Karen Bowerman in (District 3),” Landesberg said.
Landesberg said the “entire redistricting effort” violates state law.
For an agenda or links to the May 11 public hearing, go to https://bit.ly/3vHSiR5.