The Wyoming Legislature is getting closer to finalizing new voter district maps. The new 62-31 Plan, which would add one new Senate and two new House districts, cleared its first reading in the House on Wednesday. Jenn Lowe with the Equality State Policy Center says how maps are drawn will determine which laws will pass and which programs will receive — or not receive — funding for the next ten years.
“Knowing where your boundaries are, who in your community is being represented, and who is representing you is critical. Because these are the lines and these are the leaders that are going to be leading the state for the next decade.”
The additional districts are seen as a way to ensure the interests of the state’s rural counties while accommodating the needs of growing urban centers. Maps are drawn based on data from the once-a-decade Census conducted in 2020.