The redrawing of Washington’s state’s legislative districts already has Democrats and Republicans at odds, with competing proposals drawing criticism from either side.
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The Washington State Redistricting Commission (WSRC) is comprised of four members — two Democrats and two Republicans. The commission has until mid-November to come to an agreement on the state’s new legislative districts, which will in turn determine the makeup of Washington state’s House and Senate.
Maps drawn by each of the two Republicans on the WSRC both seek to create more swing districts, defined as areas where Republican and Democratic votes were within 3 percentage points in the statewide 2020 election. Under Washington’s current alignment, there are six such districts. A proposal from Republican WSRC member and former state Senator Joe Fain would seek to expand that to 8, while former state Rep. Paul Graves’ map would have eight.
Graves’ map would also draw nearly two-dozen lawmakers outside of their existing districts, a majority of which are Democrats.
“Competitive districts are so important,” Graves said in a news release. “Get rid of them and you have elections without choices. Increase their number and you encourage parties to recruit outstanding candidates who must appeal to voters across the spectrum.”
Democrats on the commission, though, believe the state’s new districts should focus more on “fair representation for communities of color” among other priorities. Based on the criteria cited by Republicans on the commission, proposed maps from each of Democrats April Sims and Bradley Walkinshaw would also cut

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