CASE SUMMARY

On November 10, 2021, an Idaho voter filed a petition with the Idaho Supreme Court challenging the Idaho Commission for Reapportionment's adopted legislative plans as violating the Idaho Constitution. Plaintiff alleges that the Commission's final legislative plan violates Article III, Section 5 of the Idaho Constitution, which generally provides that counties can only be split in the formation of legislative districts to the extent it is reasonably necessary in order to comply with the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiff asserts that the Commission's final plan, which divides 8 counties and has a total of 13 external divisions, goes beyond what is reasonably necessary to comply with federal constitutional requirements, and cites to his own submitted plan, which divides 7 counties and has a total of 9 external divisions, as support for his claim. The plaintiff is requesting a judicial declaration that the Commission's legislative plan violates the Idaho Constitution, a writ of prohibition barring the Secretary of State from transmitting the final reapportionment report to state legislative leaders, and for the court to either adopt the plaintiffs' own proposed legislative plan or to remand the matter back to the Commission for further consideration in adherence to the Idaho Constitution.

On November 23, 2021, the case was consolidated with another challenge to Idaho's enacted legislative plans, Ada County v. Idaho Comm'n for Reapportionment. On December 17, 2021, the Court issued another order consolidating two more challenges to Idaho's enacted legislative plans, Stucki v. Idaho Comm'n for Reapportionment and Allan v. Idaho Comm'n for Reapportionment.

Oral arguments in these consolidated cases was held on January 14, 2022.

Related Cases: Ada County v. Idaho Comm'n for Reapportionment; Stucki v. Idaho Comm'n for Reapportionment; Allan v. Idaho Comm'n for Reapportionment

CASE LIBRARY

Idaho Supreme Court - No. 49261-2021 [together with Nos. 49267-2021, 49261-2021, & 49353-2021]