The map showing the new state senate districts has been filed with the state’s chief elections official….clearing the way for some candidates to file and for some candidates to re-file.
Half of the 34 seats in the state senate are up for election this year. Filing for those seats started 15 days ago and some candidates filed without knowing exactly what district they might be in.
The Secretary of State considers the new map to be the final version. Opponents have withdrawn a federal lawsuit challenging it. . The redistricting commission thinks its work will withstand any court challenges.
Secretary of State spokesman Ryan Hobart says the new map clears up some uncertainty for people waiting to file. He says it’s up to filed candidates to make sure they are still listed in the right districts. And for those who’ve been waiting—the doors are open today…
Several people might wait a few days, though. Incumbent senators wanting another term or House members wanting to move to the Senate are on their spring break this week. They won’t be back in the capitol until next Monday.
Congressional districts and House districts remain unresolved in the Supreme court.
The filing deadline is March 27th.