Process to prevent gerrymandering in WA needs improving, lawmakers say

One of the biggest decisions that will shape Washington state politics for a decade won’t appear on any ballot.

The state’s process of redistricting, in which the boundaries of state legislative and congressional districts are redrawn to reflect changes in population, is set to begin next year, using the results of the 2020 census.

Observers largely agree that Washington’s redistricting process is better than most other states’. That’s because the state’s political lines are redrawn by a bipartisan commission, rather than by elected legislators — making it harder for the party that controls the Legislature to create a map to its own advantage.