Wyoming Redistricting 2000


Wyoming’s Political Lineup

 

 

1991

 

2001

Governor D R
State Senate

20R, 10D

20R, 10D
State House 42R, 22D

46R, 14D

US Senators 2R 2R
US Reps 1R 1R

 

 

Redistricting Deadline

The state constitution requires that redistricting must take place during the legislative session after the U.S. census – meaning early in 2002, at the end of the 2001-2002 session.

Who’s in Charge of Redistricting?

The legislature. No legislative committees have been assigned jurisdiction. The governor has veto power.

Districting Principles

Principle

Congressional

State Legis.

Compactness

+

+

Contiguity

+

+

Political subdivisions

+
+ 

Communities of interest


+

Cores of prior districts

 

Protect incumbents

 

-

VRA § 5

 

+

  + = required              - = prohibited

Public Access

Statewide public hearings are held and there is a redistricting website with maps, information, and a timetable of events.

Political Landscape

With only one U.S. House seat, there are no political repercussions for federal redistricting. At the state level, Republicans comfortably control both houses. The main issue of contention is where counties will be divided to achieve population equality.

Legal Issues

In 1991, a federal court invalidated Wyoming's state constitutional provision that required each county to receive at least one senator and one representative. This rule created substantial population deviations among the senate and house districts -- up to 83% in the house and 56% in the senate – in violation of one person, one vote. The legislature was ordered to ignore this state constitutional provision. A new plan was enacted in 1992.

Irregularly Shaped District
None.

Contact Information

Glenn Lang
Staff Attorney
Legislative Service Office

 Room 213 State Capitol
 Cheyenne, WY 82009
 307/777-7881
 307/777-5466 Fax
 GLANG@missc.state.wy.us