ten years the congressional and legislative district boundaries
are realigned as required by law, by a process called
is it necessary?
is done to ensure that each district has an equal number
of people and a fair distribution of political representation.
determined the district boundaries?
Washington State Redistricting Commission submitted the
redistricting plan to the state Legislature and the plan
was adopted during the 2002 legislative session
does this affect Thurston County?
State law requires that each voting precinct be completely
situated within a single congressional, legislative and
commissioner district. Once the plan was adopted by the
Legislature, the County Auditorís Office set about the
task of adjusting voting precinct lines to accommodate
the congressional and legislative boundary changes in
Thurston County. After a series of informational meetings,
the final precinct changes were presented to the Board
of County Commissioners in a public meeting for approval.
County Redistricting Statistics: seven new precincts
were added, six precincts were removed and over fifty
precincts had boundary line changes. Thurston County is
now represented by the 2nd Legislative District (in addition
to the 20th, 22nd, and 35th). Thurston County continues
to be represented by the 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts.
The 9th Congressional District now encompasses a larger
portion of Thurston County.
does this affect me?
might have a new precinct and/or polling place. Check
your new Voter Identification Card. If you have not received
your Voter Identification Card please contact the Auditorís
will I be notified?
early July, all voters in Thurston County received a Redistricting
Notice informing them of their voting precinct, districts,
and polling site. The Redistricting Notice will have a
new Voter Identification Card attached. This notice also
satisfies a federal law regarding voter list maintenance
which requires the Auditorís Office to send a mailing
to every voter in the county to ensure that the voter
rolls are as current as possible.
do these changes take effect?
changes are already in effect. The first time most voters
will notice the changes will be during the Primary and
General elections this fall (2002). You may be voting
in a new Congressional, Legislative and/or Commissioner
district. When you receive your Redistricting Notice/New
Voter Identification card, your districts will be listed
on the ID card.
will maps of the new boundaries and precinct changes be
Overall county maps are available by request. These
maps show the new district lines but not specific precinct
lines. Our new precinct maps are in the final stages of
completion and will be available soon.