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State and count officials hold redistricting work session

State and county officials met and discussed the redistricting process and how it impacts...
State and county officials met and discussed the redistricting process and how it impacts Natrona County voters(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Late census numbers have pushed back the time when elected officials work on redistricting.

One of the ways that it impacts Natrona County residents is that voting locations could change. “That’s why you get the county clerk involved so she can keep up with the bounds and try to fix it so it makes sense,” said Sen. Charles Scott.

Scott adds redistricting needs to happen when there is a representative democracy. It’s also important because state funds get distributed between county borders. If the amount of voters doesn’t stay within Census numbers the courts provided Wyoming, the state could be sued and lose the lawsuit.

Elected officials usually start this process in April but newer computers plus the pandemic made the numbers come out later. “You’d think it would be the opposite but the technical issues get complicated,” Scott said.

The soft deadline for new districts on Nov. 4.

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