Here are the fundamental, core standards to which the 2011 Redistricting Committee must adhere to as they draw maps. Citizen maps will be helpful to the committee to the extent they also comply with these principles and guidelines.
2011 Redistricting Principles
1. Congressional districts must be as nearly equal as practicable with a deviation not greater than ± .1 %.
2. State legislative districts and state school board districts must have substantial equality of population among the various districts with a deviation not greater than ± 3.5%.
3. Districts will be single member districts.
4. Plans will be drawn to create four Congressional Districts, 29 State Senate Districts, 75 State House Districts, and 15 State School Board Districts.
5. In drawing districts, the official population enumeration of the 2010 decennial census will be used.
6. Districts will be contiguous and reasonably compact.
All of the relevant criteria must be satisfied in order to submit a redistricting plan. The online tool has capabilities built in to help users address this requirement. Deviations from the ideal population are displayed within the tool as district lines are drawn. There is also a tool embedded in the online redistricting tool that tests for contiguity in the displayed plan.
In addition, the Redistricting Committee also adopted these procedural rules for their work:
2011 Redistricting Procedural Guidelines
1. Redistricting Committee meetings will be open to the public.
2. Members of the public may obtain any copies of written information provided at Redistricting Committee meetings.
3. All requests to use staff time and redistricting resources must first be cleared by a member of the committee and by one of the committee chairmen. A committee chairman will not unreasonably deny a legitimate request.
4. To ensure the security of information and to protect licensing agreements with software manufacturers, access to computer information and the computer system used in the redistricting process will be restricted to redistricting committee staff. With permission from a chairman, individual legislators may be present and direct staff in drawing plans.
5. Political data will not be included in the redistricting computer system. Political data should not be shown to or discussed with redistricting committee staff nor at Redistricting Committee meetings.
6. Every change to a proposed plan by any committee member must also resolve the ripple effect on the entire plan caused by that change.