Update 12/2021 – The Final Redistricting Maps (as approved by the Washington Redistricting Commission) have been released. The final step in the process will be review and approval by the Washington State Legislature. You can view the maps which were approved by the Commission here: https://www.redistricting.wa.gov/final-maps
Update 11/2/2021 – Kitsap County Commissioner District maps are out! Please note there is a SEPARATE process for commenting on Kitsap County Commissioner District maps or commenting on Congressional and Legislative District maps. These are two totally separate processes by two totally different groups.
Update 10/27/2021 – New Legislative District maps are out by the Democrat Commissioners! Please review them and comment on the new maps.
Below are the ways you can play a role in the redistricting process.
Congressional and Legislative District Maps
LEAVE A COMMENT FOR THE COMMISSIONERS:
You can leave a comment for the commissioners by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails sent to that address are forwarded directly to both the Commissioners and their staff. I would recommend that anyone who writes in focuses on their own community and how it relates with surrounding communities (social ties, economic ties, etc.), rather than a direct political statement.
COMMENT ON THE MAP:
You can leave comments on the proposed maps themselves. Anyone can do this via going to https://www.redistricting.wa.gov/commissioner-proposed-maps, clicking on which Commissioners map you would like to view, click on the “Add Comment” option on the upper right-hand corner of the map, and leave your comment.
There is no deadline to leave a comment at this point, but with deliberations under way and the final deadline of November 15 to agree on a map quickly approaching. The sooner you comment, the better.
SAMPLE COMMENTS (updated 11/2/2021):
Note: You may disagree with some of the sample comments below. Feel free to say what you feel is accurate for your perception of how our communities fit together!
23rd Legislative District:
- Keep all of north Kitsap together. They have shared community interests.
- Keep all of Bremerton together. They have shared community interests.
- Bainbridge Island does share a lot of things in common with King County across the water. It is okay to put Bainbridge Island with King County.
26th Legislative District:
- Keep the Key Peninsula with Gig Harbor. They have shared community interests.
- Keep all of south Kitsap together. They have shared community interests and a shared school district.
Kitsap County Commissioner District Maps
To view all of the proposed Kitsap County Commissioner District Maps and read about the process, please visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/2021redistricting.aspx.
A public open house on the proposed redistricting alternatives will be held via Zoom at 6 p.m. November 3. To attend, please visit https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88985872999 at the webinar start time.
A public hearing before the Board of Commissioners will be held on November 22, 2021. Please plan to attend and comment directly to the Kitsap County Commissioners if you have any comments on the proposed maps. Be sure to limit your comments during this meeting to the Kitsap County Commissioner District Maps.
The Kitsap County Commissioners have nothing to do with the Congressional and Legislative District maps.