A look at last-minute deal-making in WA redistricting negotiations

Keeping in mind that none of this may end up in the court’s final redistricting plan, here are some of the highlights of the commission’s last-minute deal-making. 

But, first, a behind-the-scenes note. Some people may be wondering: How did the commissioners determine what is a Republican- or Democratic-leaning district? After much debate, they based their assumption on the results of the 2020 treasurer’s race.

That decision was one of several the commissioners made at the very end of their process, outside of public view. 

Here are some of the others. 

Swing districts: In the final moments before the commission’s midnight deadline on Nov. 15, the four commissioners were privately debating

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