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Franklin County Commissioners Discuss Redistricting

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PASCO, Wash.--  Franklin County Commissioners continue to discuss their district boundaries. They want to change their district boundaries because the three districts have grown at different rates.  District 3 now has nearly twice as many residents as District 1 and 2. 

     State law says commission districts should be similar in population so each district is equally represented.  

  Some Franklin County residents want the district boundaries re-drawn before this election.   A plan would have to be agreed on before the June 2 candidate filing begins.  

Commissioner Bob Koch says he's not sure if it'll get done before then.  "It turned into, all of a sudden, a big push to get it done before this election was done, and I'm not too sure we haven't run out of time."

A public hearing will be held to look at 4 new maps for the district boundaries.  It'll be  Thursday, May 22, at 4pm, in the Franklin County Courthouse.  Anyone interested is invited to attend and testify for or against the redistricting plans.

After that meeting, the commissioners will meet one week later to vote on whether or not to go ahead with the changes before this election cycle begins.