Iowans get first look at potential redistribution cards
The people of Iowa get their first glimpse of what the state’s parliamentary and legislative districts could look like over the next decade.
The non-partisan legislative services agency, which draws the state’s political maps, released its first set of maps available to lawmakers and the public at 10 a.m.
The plans are now on the Iowa Legislature’s website for the public to see.
The districts – if approved – will shape the balance of political power in Iowa and determine which districts the Iowans will vote in.
Here is what we know:
How would the distribution of voters change in the newly proposed Congressional Districts?
10:53 am: The 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts of Iowa would have a higher percentage of Democratic voters under the proposed new set of maps, according to an analysis of the Des Moines Register of active voter data. The 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts would have a higher percentage of Republicans.
The proposed new maps would not place any of the current Iowa representatives in the same district. Republicans currently represent Iowa’s 1st, 2nd, and 4th Congressional Districts, while Democrat Cindy Axne represents Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.
Democrats would expand their active voter advantage in the 1st Congressional District, where 38.7% of active voters would be Democrats and 28.6% would be Republicans according to the new map. That’s against 35% Democrats and 32% Republicans on the current congressional map.
The advantage would swing slightly in favor of Republicans in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, who would drop from 35.5% Democrats and 32.7% Republicans to 35% Republicans and 32.8% Democrats.
In Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, Democrats would widen a slight advantage of active voters, from 35.5% to 36.3% while Republicans would decline from 34.8% to 33.9%
Republicans would retain their solid advantage in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. About 45.2% of active voters are believed to be Republicans, up slightly from 44.2%. The percentage of Democrats would drop from 25.6% to 24%.
The four districts would still have a high percentage of active non-party voters, ranging from 28% to 32%.
Democrats previously had a slight advantage over active voters in three of the Congressional Districts: Iowa’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Congressional Districts.
The difference between the proposed Congress district with the most population (1st district – 797,655) and the least population (2nd district – 797,556) is only 99 people. No proposed neighborhood deviates from the ideal population of 797,592 inhabitants of more than 63 people.
Democratic Senate Leader: Iowans Should “Make Their Voices Heard” During Public Hearings
10:52 am: Democratic Senate Leader Zach Wahls, of Coralville, released a statement following the release of the maps, urging Iowa residents to make their views known during public hearings next week. Republicans currently hold a 32-18 advantage in the Iowa Senate.
“We are currently reviewing Plan 1 to ensure that it meets all legal and constitutional requirements for redistribution,” he said in the statement. “We believe the Iowans deserve a fair redistribution process, free from interference from politicians and without partisan amendments. We encourage the people of Iowa to review Plan 1 and make their voices heard in three public hearings next week.
Focus on the new legislative maps:
10:32 am: The proposed new congressional and legislative maps are now online for the public to view.
You can see all three cards here.
An overview of the congressional districts proposed by Iowa
10:18 am: Here are the proposed new boundaries for the four congressional districts of Iowa, and how they compare to the current boundaries:
Speaker of the House Pat Grassley: We’ll be looking at the maps in depth
10:17 am: Minutes after Iowa lawmakers received their first copy of the maps proposed by Congress and constituencies, House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, promised Republicans, who hold the majority in the Iowa House and Senate, “will do our due diligence” and carefully consider the proposals.
“Our non-partisan redistribution process in Iowa is considered one of the fairest in the country,” he said in a statement. “After months of delay, we now have a set of cards proposed for redistribution in the Iowa Legislature. We will do our due diligence and review it carefully to ensure that it is ‘a fair set of cards for the people of Iowa.’
The proposed cards are out. Here is our first look at what they look like
10:15 am: LSA has released its first set of proposed maps for the public and lawmakers in Iowa.
There are three maps: one for the four Congressional Districts of Iowa, a second for the 100 Districts of Iowa, and a third for the 50 Districts of the Senate of Iowa.
The state has yet to upload the maps to its website. However, State Senator Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, tweeted a photo of his physical copy of the cards on Thursday morning:
Rep. Cindy Axne says she is “anxious” to see what the cards look like
10 a.m .: United States Representative Cindy Axne, who is still pondering her re-election options, said the new congressional cards were part of the reason she waited to decide.
Axne, of West Des Moines, currently represents the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa. She said in August that she had scaled back her plans on whether she would run for Congress or governor again.
“Here’s one thing I want to see: I saw a possibility early on of removing Dallas County from our district,” she said in an interview with KMA radio on Thursday. ” It does not mean anything. We have two communities that bridge Polk County to Dallas County and those communities should have the same representation. ”
Both Polk and Dallas counties are currently in the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa. The first set of maps, released Thursday at 10 a.m., continues to have the two counties in the district.
“Well, I can tell you that the cards have been part of my reasoning to sit here for a minute to figure out what I want to do and I’ll be anxious to see what they look like,” she said.
Three virtual public hearings are scheduled for next week
The Iowans will have three chances to vote on the maps proposed next week in a series of public hearings to be held virtually by the state’s Temporary Redistribution Advisory Board. After the hearings, the group is tasked with creating a report summarizing the public’s comments for submission to the Iowa Legislature.
The audiences are:
- Monday September 20: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Tuesday Sept. 21: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday September 22: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Lawmakers will meet on Capitol Hill on October 5 to vote on the cards
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday that she is summoning the Iowa Legislature to Capitol Hill on Oct. 5 for a special session to complete the redistribution process.
Also on Tuesday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order saying it would give lawmakers until December 1 to agree on the new cards, extending the September 15 deadline.
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How does the Iowa redistribution process work?
Iowa’s redistribution process is widely viewed as a national model and has several safeguards intended to limit the influence of supporters on the map-drawing process.
The Iowa constitution states that districts must be both “compact” and “contiguous”. The Iowa code specifies that the compactness of a neighborhood is greatest when the length and width of the neighborhood are equal, giving it a square shape with the shortest possible perimeter.
Iowa law also states that legislative and legislative districts must coincide as much as possible with city boundaries and other political subdivisions. The same county cannot be divided between two congressional districts, for example.
The Legislative Services Agency, which provides legal research, budget analysis, bill drafting, and other services to the Iowa House and Senate, is responsible for drawing the maps and submit them to the Legislative Assembly for approval.
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The group plans to submit its first set of proposed cards to lawmakers and the public at 10 a.m. on September 16. A bipartisan committee has scheduled three hearings, as required by law, so the public can weigh in on the proposals before lawmakers vote. . This year, these meetings will be held virtually.
When lawmakers meet for a special session on October 5, they will only be able to consider the cards with a yes or no vote – no changes will be allowed.
If they vote against the cards, the agency has an additional 35 days to produce a new set of designs. Lawmakers cannot change the second set. If the second card fails, the agency technically has 35 days to create a third plan, which lawmakers could choose to change.
However, because the courts instituted a new December 1 deadline for final approval, it places time constraints on the agency and the legislature. There are a total of 57 days between the start of the extraordinary session and the December 1 deadline.