KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas lawmakers plan to carry greater than a dozen city corridor conferences later this yr as they talk about how the Legislature ought to redraw political boundaries.
The state should redraw congressional, legislative and State Board of Schooling districts each 10 years to mirror shifts within the inhabitants. The Republican-controlled Legislature plans to sort out the work subsequent yr in order that the brand new strains are in place for the June 2022 candidate submitting deadline.
What occurs with redistricting will doubtless have a big effect on the end result of the 2022 main and the election. It’s the subject of this week’s episode of 4Star Politics. FOX4’s John Holt and The Kansas Metropolis Star’s Dave Helling are joined by Jonathan Shorman and Katie Bernard, each political reporters for The Kansas Metropolis Star to debate the implications.
“A whole lot of the the issues must have comparable financial pursuits that you simply need to attempt to stick with comparable districts would exist already. These are tips, not written into regulation, so if the legislature thinks they’ve a compelling cause to depart from the rules there’s not essentially any precedent for the courtroom to inform them they’ll’t try this,” Bernard mentioned.
The GOP holds the tremendous majority within the legislature. Leaders are required to redraw strains, primarily based on the newest census data, and the map needed to be acceptable to a courtroom and a two-thirds vote or the signature of Governor Kelly.
“It’s all about which portion of which county during which neighborhoods are which cities get shifted to make the maps work,” Helling mentioned.
Two of the most important impacts the metro may see is that if Wyandotte County is added to a part of the First District or if Johnson County is cut up into two districts. As lawmakers wait to see what occurs, some candidates are unsure what their districts will seem like, which is a problem for campaigns.
“It’s actually a scramble, you recognize, they must form of discover, you recognize, get a way of their new constituencies and and actually shortly construct out campaigns that that handle these these new districts which generally imply reaching to achieve out to voters who’ve by no means heard of you earlier than. So yeah, it may be fairly a problem for these candidates to do this shortly,” Shoreman mentioned.
That is much like what the state of Kansas went by means of following the 2010 census, and federal courts needed to finally become involved.
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