TWIN FALLS • Twin Falls County plans to file a legal challenge contesting the state's new redistricting plan, which carves the county into three legislative districts, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs told the Times-News today.
The redistricting plan, which realigned the state's 35 legislative districts based on population changes in the 2010 Census, was recently approved unanimously by a bipartisan six-member commission.
For some Twin Falls County officials and legislators, its outcome has been a sore spot. The new plan puts the city of Twin Falls into its own district and splits the rural part of the county into two other districts.
Outside of Twin Falls, the county west of U.S. Highway 93 is grouped with Elmore and Owyhee counties. To the east, residents join Cassia and Power counties in a legislative district.
"They made three districts out of it, two of which are dominated by population centers outside of Twin Falls (County)," Loebs said.
Any challenge filed will go directly to the Idaho Supreme Court. Loebs said he's not sure yet when the challenge will be filed.
On Monday night, the Twin Falls City Council discussed redistricting as well. City officials are in the information-gathering stage regarding the plan and any possible challenges, and will meet in closed session on Nov. 7 to talk about options, which include supporting any county action that's filed.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Times-News.