The Washington State Supreme Court will draw new legislative and congressional maps after the bipartisan redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline, the first time since its inception in 1990.
In a statement on Tuesday, Nov 16, the commission said, “Last night, after substantial work marked by mutual respect and dedication to the important task, the four voting commissioners on the state redistricting commission were unable to adopt a districting plan by the midnight deadline.”
Restrained by law, Washington state could not move its redistricting deadline as several other states have attempted to do. The responsibility of defining new political district map lines is now in the hands of Washington’s Supreme Court justices who have until the end of April to finish the task. The justices serve on a non-partisan basis.