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Redistricting trial heads to the Kansas Senate with a ruling coming soon

Redistricting trial heads to the Kansas Senate with a ruling coming soon

Gabriel Johnson | @GabeJohnson57

The redistricting conversation, which started back in 2021, has now progressed all the way to the Kansas Senate. Beginning last Friday, lawmakers gathered and attorneys argued each case before the court. 

The enacted map, known as Ad Astra 2, was debated over the weekend. Democrats argued that Republicans split up Northeastern, liberal-leaning counties, and grouped them with the more conservitave Western counties. 

“I don’t feel confident this map represents Kansas,” Senator Dinah Sykes said. “I would suggest that all of you do what’s best for kansas so we can come out with a good product, and work together to have the voice of kansans heard in this process”

Republicans claimed that there was no gerrymandering attempt at all, rather the counties had grown too large to keep them all in a single congressional district. 

“Looking back, you look at Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, they’re often reservations split,” Senator Ty Masterson said. “It’s not a legal decision, it’s a political decision, but it seemed like such a minor line change that it would be easy to do. The committee decided to make the adjustment to make sure that the county lines followed the reservation line, and that is what happened and that is what was voted out.”

While the trial has come to an end, a ruling has not been made. Wyandotte County District Court Judge Bill Klapper will make a decision in the next 14 days on whether the enacted map will remain or if changes need to be made.

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