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Senator Amanda Ragan explains Iowa’s redistricting for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts



This news story was published on September 17, 2021.
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Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:

The Iowa Legislature’s role in redistricting is under way.

The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency has released its initial plan for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts. All Iowans can now review it and offer feedback. The Legislature will meet October 5 to vote on the plan.

Iowa’s long-standing redistricting process does not allow politicians in power to pick their own districts. We must keep the process free of political interference—including partisan amendments—to ensure all Iowans have a voice in their representation.

The Legislature should approve a plan that meets Iowa’s legal and constitutional requirements, including:

* Districts must be established based on population, and the population of all districts should be as equal as practicable.

* Each Congressional district must be composed of whole counties, and the number of counties and cities divided into more than one legislative district must be as small as possible.

* Districts must be composed of convenient contiguous territory.

* Districts must be reasonably compact in form (i.e., square, rectangular or hexagonal; not irregularly shaped, to the extent permitted by natural or political boundaries).

Since 1980, Iowa’s district lines have been drawn by nonpartisan legislative staff, who follow a strict set of criteria. Iowa’s redistricting model is recognized nationwide as the “gold standard” because it doesn’t allow political influence.

You have an important role to play in the process
A special bipartisan advisory commission will hold three online meetings to gather public input on the new maps. The meetings are scheduled for:

* Monday, September 20: 7 PM to 9:30 PM
* Tuesday, September 21: Noon to 3 PM
* Wednesday, September 22: 6 PM to 8:30 PM

This is your chance to review the maps and have your voice heard. You can review the new redistricting maps and get further information at www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/redistricting.

For complete details on how to tune in to the public input meetings and submit comments on the redistricting plan, go to www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/publicHearings.

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13 Responses to Senator Amanda Ragan explains Iowa’s redistricting for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 21, 2021 at 8:45 am

    I swear, if the Liberals ever actually gave a straight answer they would spontaneously combust.

    • Rohn Johnson Reply Report comment

      September 23, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      Somebody needs a new hobby. Looking at you, Anonymous. Beautiful fall weather outside. Turn off the computer, put away your rage, take a walk. You hate libs. We get that. You don’t need to say that 12 different ways after every story in this paper. Thanks in advance.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 24, 2021 at 7:59 pm

        back at you there rohnnie!!!! if you don’t like my comments, freedom of speech, don’t read them….

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 21, 2021 at 8:45 am

    One lie after another, perfectly trained government employee.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

    When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; but when the government fears the people, there is LIBERTY.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

    If you give the government power during an emergency they’ll create emergency’s to get more power.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Redistricting should be against the law. The distracting should be even for all VOTERS, and not favoring one party over the other.

    Unfortunately crooked politicians take advantage of the redistricting its a damn shame. Disgusting!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Liberals tied up in their own underwear.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2021 at 8:53 am

    It’s called liberal double standards and for that you should carry a loaded firearm.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 20, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Democrats don’t have Laws They have feelings.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 19, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    In other words you’re a fascist pushing your ideals on anyone who disagrees with yours.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 20, 2021 at 8:46 am

      Or just another lib/dem talkin crap

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 20, 2021 at 10:05 pm

        ^ Another fascist talking crap.