The very word send sends shivers down the spine of some legislators, and it should. The process of redrawing legislative lines, in a way that everyone is represented fairly, and a way to keep all the parties from suing is daunting. Not to mention some legislators may not be coming back, and some people who you would have never thought to have run for a position might find themseleves taking an oath. We are not adding any any new districts, the current 35 districts are going to be moved around to meet the needs of the population shifting. Our population has gravitated toward Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls will have nine districts in this area:
You and review all the maps here
South Dakota is also home to several Native American reservations. Each tribe is their own country, and they get represented at the state level as well.
Bob Mercer is reporting in the Aberdeen American News a special subcommittee will hold public hearings on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations as a part of drawing those all important legislative lines. The public is invited and comments are welcomed.
The special subcommittee will meet first in the community of Rosebud, at the Mni Wiconi building. The meeting will be in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe water resource conference room. The presentation will start at 9:30 a.m. local time and continue until noon.
The subcommittee will then travel to the community of Pine Ridge for an afternoon meeting that starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The meeting will be at the LOWO Building in the Indian Health Service compound on east U.S. 18.
Redistricting is not an fun, glamorous, easy task; not everyone is going to be happy. Often times it determines who will run, and who will sit in the gallery.