Local Legislators Hold Public Meeting on Redistricting

Local legislators from L to R: Representative John Patton, Senator Bruce Burns, Representative Mike Madden and Representative Jon Botten
Local legislators from L to R: Representative John Patton, Senator Bruce Burns, Representative Mike Madden and Representative Jon Botten

The 2010 Census figures showed a 21% growth in Johnson County and a 9.6% growth in Sheridan County when compared to the last Census in 2000. Wyoming is one of 36 states that leave the redistricting up to the State Legislature to redraw the electoral district boundaries due to population changes. Delegates representing Sheridan and Johnson County held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss five different options of redistricting that affect Sheridan and Johnson Counties. The consensus from the meeting was that only two options were viable, Option “A” and Option “B”.

Both Option “A” and “B” would move the population of Story from Johnson County House Representation to Sheridan County House Representation. Option “A” moves Senate District Representation from Johnson to Sheridan County, Option “B” does not.

The Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee will meet in Torrington on August 15th and in Cheyenne on August 15th and 16th to address the redistricting issue. House District 29 Representative John Patton sits on that committee and says that there are too many variations with the 23 counties in the state to walk away from those meetings with a redistricting bill.

Senator Bruce Burns suggested that a delegation meeting be held to choose one of the options, which Patton agreed is something that needs to take place.

Comments and suggestions on the redistricting plan can be submitted to the Legislative Service Office's website, or by contacting one of the local legislators.

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