Were Washington's New Voting Districts Illegally Created Behind Closed Doors?

The Tacoma News Tribune recently raised questions about whether the Washington State Redistricting Commission violated the state's Open Public Meetings Act by carrying out its work behind closed doors and through "shuttle diplomacy" amongst its partisan members.  A follow-up editorial today quoted one of the Commission's members about the unworkability of redistricting being carried out in public view: "If you wanted that discussion in public, we would never have gotten done. The nature of these types of communications don’t lend themselves to an audience.”

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