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Christy Jutila
This is such a gerrymander job. No way should this map be considered
Tonia Dyas
Forgot to mention, my map also does not split any reservations whereas this one does
Tonia Dyas
If you like the fact that this map does not split any counties, then perhaps the commissioners should have selected this map that I sent them in early Sep. It does not split any counties, it is contiguous AND the population deviation is +/- 50 https://app.districtbuilder.org/projects/e0a5c47f-4434-47ff-b0a9-01233ba3a87b
Garth Neuffer
This map keeps all counties intact, but unfortunately splits the Flathead reservation. So not the best choice.
Ashley Moon
This map does NOT equitably represent tribal populations. I strongly oppose.
Michael Blend
One districts doesn't have border and too unequal!
Anita Brawner/ brian fraker
This map would result in a lawsuit by native Americans because they have almost no voice in 1 of the districts. I would file the lawsuit myself.
donna maughlin
CP2 diminishes tribal participation by splitting Flathead Reservation & isolating the bulk of it from other tribal interests. CP2 does not share the northern border interests.
Rae Grulkowski
Northern border should have split representation. Also, not divided appropriately for proper representation by both political parties.
Keith Baer
Nope!
Theron Nelson
Clearly a Gerrymandered map which does not meet constitutional requirement of compact
Theron Nelson
Clearly a Gerrymandered map which does not meet constitutional requirement of compact
Dianne Hansen
This map 2 is highly political, creating a democrat stronghold district AND a republican stronghold district. Against the LAW (5-1-115) to do such political gerrymandering.
David A. Skinner
Call this one Satanmander. It has horns, a forehead scale and looks like it wants to eat the rest of the state. Shame.
Maria Loeza
I can appreciate that this map does not split any of the counties. However, Montana’s tribal communities are all in the 2nd District which is why they are against this map. I can understand that; their voices are drowned out by putting all the tribal communities into one voting district. Our tribal communities make up over 8% of our state’s population. Once again, not fair and I do not support it.
Geof Gratny
This is not a good option and shouldn't be considered. Canadian border should be shared with both districts.
Dylan Stokes
This map is a very bad way to divide the state. This map doesn’t divide the state evenly down the middle to give both parties a chance in elections. This is an obviously very gerrymandered map in order to give the Democrats a massive advantage in upcoming elections, when it should be completely even between the 2 parties. The best way to make it even would be to divide the state down the middle, splitting it into the East and the West. No party deserves an unfair advantage in elections, which is why I humbly request that this map be thrown out of consideration. Thank you.
Jennifer J. Redline
This map is an obvious attempt to gerrymander the districts, creating a super democratic district. The border with Canada isn't divided, and the candidate has an enormous distance to travel.
Marc L Sabin
Map #2: Has a relatively large deviation of 175, The boundaries make little sense from the standpoint of being compact and contiguous. The Western District (1) is an enclave in the surrounding Eastern District (2) and only a small portion of one of the reservations is in this district. The western district is isolated from the profitable Canadian border.
Joi Gratny
This is unfair. Reservations are divided nothing close to fairly. District 2 has no Canadian border. It should not even be considered.
Nicole Schubert
Yikes! It doesn't take a genius to see that this is maniputated (read: gerrymandering anyone?! How is the candidate supposed to represent this whole district? We want to make it so the rep can do the job!). I'm a fan of the straight split. Also please pick a map with less deviation, as required. Please be fair and make it so the Rep can represent us...make it contigous...by NOT PICKING THIS ONE. Thank you :)
Steve Hinebauch
This map is ridiculous! The reason we are getting two Legislative Districts is because the size of population and area. It is hard for a Representative to represent that many people in that many miles. It is 800 miles from Ekalaka to Troy. We are cutting the number of people, why not the miles? We have heard some noise about competitive districts which was never the Founding Fathers intent. They wanted the districts to be representative.
Joseph D. Coco
I oppose this map. It looks like a gerrymander job. This map is too difficult to explain or defend.
Susan M Cox
This map breaks the law violating 5-1-115 (3b,c,d) and doesn't come close to resembling the historical divide we've had in place for 80 yrs w/our two previous congressional seats.
Jean Keller
– I dislike this map because it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. this map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. it encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
Catherine McWilliam
I dislike this map because it is an egregious example of gerrymandering which does not at all represent the historical divide and creates a Democrat Super District
James Keller
Map 2 – I dislike this map because • it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. • it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. • this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. • this map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. • it encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
Ann Ingram
This map is another illegal attempt to gerrymander the districts. It fails to meet the compact and contiguous requirement, isolates one district from the Canadian border and illegally uses voter registration to create a super democratic district.
Erin Darling
This map is a great example of gerrymandering. You've specifically clustered the strongly democrat SW and the four large cities, excluding only Billings because it would have been too obvious to grab an island in the eastern part of the state. This clearly violates MT state 5-1-115(3b,c,d) for this reason based on the political affiliation of the registered voters. This also does not accurately reflect our historical practice of splitting the state more fairly to the east and west. Further, this leaves only one congressional district to manage our border with Canada.
Terry Ewing
it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. this map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. it encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
Connie Rader
This is a terrible map. Makes absolutely no sense how the boundaries were drawn.
Barb Ellis
• obviously a violation of compact • It is in violation of Federal Election Law because it has no tribal nations or very little in the new western seat. Very unfair
K Brad Lotton
Did anyone give any consideration to the poor soul that would represent district 2? Population dictates that district 2 will cover more acres and distances but this map will not provide for the best representation of district 2. Also it should be a north-south split. Keep west west and east east
C
This is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it makes the population deviation requirement 175 citizens (.0 2%) is it is a travesty of compactness and contigious nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City spending 10 hours of time, when they got to either, the needs of both communities are Polar Opposites as well.
Brandon DeShaw
I dislike this map because it breaks state law. The districts are not compact, not contiguous, and do not allow for both districts to have a border with Canada.
Kenda Kitchen
I don't think this is a good map since it cuts the southern and SW edge of the Flathead Indian reservation off. All of the Reservations should be kept whole. Though I doubt that it will do them any good as far as representation will be. Other wise this is not a bad map.
Michelle Daniels
I strongly dislike and oppose the CP 2 map for many reasons. It DOES NOT and FAILS have a logical, historical East/West divide. This gerrymandered map displays a small SW section of our state (less than a quarter of Montana) to represent the west as District 1 and excludes all (4) tribal governments in this district. This proposed map violates the MT code 5-1-115 (3 b,c,d), strongly favors the Democratic political party, and FAILS to display a well-balanced redistricting map.
Ashley Noonan
This map is garbage. Why on earth would it make sense to have all of the super power cities under one democratic seat for majority votes. We need a fair divide across the state splitting the east and west. It also inaccurately represents everyone who lives in this state.
Jan Finkle
This map is perhaps one of the worst and isn't even close to the historical divide we had when our state had two congressional seats.
Elizabeth A Hoffa
This map is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness in a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to travel over 700 miles of time from Libby to Miles city, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well.
Elizabeth Ries
This map a complete tragedy of what the commission is supposed to be doing. First off, why are the same gerrymanders always on the commission? Why do logical people have to always compromise with illogical people? This map ensures a communist/socialist/democrat would win by encircling Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021! It obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b,c,d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. This should be tossed out immediately.
Michael James Noonan
No. This is a ridiculous attempt by democrats to keep their large populations of two counties together by gerrymandering our state into something they can control. Reject this and their CA values.
Karen Cramer
it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well.
James A Milford
This map would require a candidate from the one District to traverse huge mileage to meet with his constituents while allowing the other district to travel less. It also does not allow for the fact that all the native tribes would be limited to one representative
jasmine krotkov
This map does not allow for the representation of all of Montana's diverse population. It divides communities of interest. It will not benefit our democracy.
Dennis Sandbak
CP2 • First look at this map makes me uncomfortable for a fair representation for all of Montana interests back in Washington. Obvious political motivation displayed in developing these district breakouts. This map as split and derived would promote political divisiveness for the 2 representatives. We need representatives that can work together for all of Montana. • By putting all reservations into 1 district you are removing a piece of diversity within the proposed districts. • I cannot support this ideologic breakdown of districts. Compactness is questionable due to east west size of District 2. Appears trying to create a district (1) that favors one political ideology. A representative for District 2 would have a hard time representing their constituents on-the-ground due to extensive east west size.
Mark Allred
I believe 1,3 or 5 are the best choices and I would be fine with any of them. Since moving to Kalispell in 2005 I have always heard Montana referred to in terms of Western and Eastern, never North and South. Maps 2 or 4 should be in the dictionary as an example of gerrymander. 6, 7, 8 and 9 are not much better. Obvious attempts to create a Democrat District ignoring the historical way Montanans think of the state.
David Rowell
This map encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments”!
James Gomolka
This map does not follow the rules of compactness. It is obviously a gerrymandered map attempting to create a democratic district rather than maintain communities with common interests. Seriously, wrapping one district around another?
Janet L Childress
#2 A highly competitive map. All citizens need to be represented and this map is fair and allows all voices (R,D,I) to be heard.
Cameo Flood
This map splits up western Montana areas with similar economic interests.
Emma Moerman
This map is a terrible example of gerrymandering; the districts are clearly split up to have a strong democratic district and a strong republican district. Furthermore, in this map, there is only one congressional district bordering Canada.
Tom Finkle
-This is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. This is a travesty of compactness and is a contiguous nightmare. -This map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years. -This encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments.
Melisa Schelan
This map has serious flaws that can't be overstated. *It obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b,c,d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. *This is an obvious attempt to create a Democrat Super District by encircling Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman. *This map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state.
David Ingram, MD
This map is an insult to all Montanans. The only criteria it satisfies is equal population while creating a Democratic super district. It does not share the crucial Canadian border while ignoring the commanalites and compact and contiguous features of an east and west district. It violates the law by using political affliations of registered voters to create a strong democratic district and republicans everywhere else. Gerrymandering at its best!
Leslie Ellington-Staal
No map with one border district with Canada should be considered.
Perry Helt
Can you say GERRYMANDER ? An obvious ploy to link every democrat voter stronghold state-wide (except Billings and the Crow reservation). Do you think it's fair to MT. voters that less than 1/4 of MT."s land area gets it's own U.S. H.D.? Salt in the wound is the lopsided dump of Republicans into the "everywhere else" district that would be created by this farce!
Joe Phillips
I dislike because this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state.
Anne Boychuck
it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. this map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. it encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
A.
I dislike this map because it represents gerrymandering in the extreme. It doesn't remotely meet the requirements of compactness. It looks nothing like the previous setup for two seats that we had for 80 years. It is clearly designed to create an artificial advantage for a small group of people instead of acurately meet the requirements for compactness like the prior historical divide did much better. Please reject this manipulative map.
Dan Boychuck
I dislike this map because it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. this map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. it encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
Belle Demeny
Not a good choice
Lindsey Mishler
This map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map.
Ryan Darling
I dislike this map because the larger cities will have control over one district, the rural folks will be under represented in these areas. City folks will be underrepresented in the other district.
Connie Dale
During the 2021 legislative session, the Montana legislature passed HB506 which addressed how the two Congressional districts SHALL be divided and was signed into LAW by Governor Gianforte on 5/14/21. Why do we have laws if politicians do NOT follow them? This map does not meet those requirements, it's not compact and has a difference of 87 people.
Stefanie Hanson
it is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. In addition its obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else.
Deborah M Wilson
I dislike this map because of the obvious gerrymandering. It encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District. This one should be voted "most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments" Map of 2021. This map does not even begin to resemble the historical divide Montana had for 80 years with our previous tow congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in the ease west divided map.
Donald Hancock
Obvious Gerrymandering.
Al Wilson
This map clearly violates our Montana constitution of being contiguous. It is gerrymandering at its best and would be contested.
Theron Nelson
This map voilates the constitutional requirement of compact and contiguous. It is clearly gerrymandered to favor a political party and election results from 2016 and 2018 clearly show a very strong republican district and very strong democrat district. The opposite of competitive.
Thomas Millett
This map obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b, c, d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. In addition, this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state.
Liane Johnson
1. Division by natural boundaries. FAIL 2. Division by population. Pass 3. Division by exterior border with Canada. FAIL 4. Division by county representation. Pass 5. Division by Indian population. FAIL 6. Division by Urban/Rural population. FAIL 7. Division by Commerce. Fail 8. Division by Tourist Trades. Fail 9. Division by political parties. Scale 1-5(best) 1
Jacob Balyeat
just horrible, violating 5-1-115(3b,c,d)... essentially creating a Democrat district and a Republican district... a Democrat Super district that doesn't reflect the state's best interests.
Nancy Mehaffie
This redistricting leaves one long border district with Canada, several peninsulas jutting in and out of the district and a larger population difference between the 2 districts. Eastern part of the state has different issues than the Western part like water and forests and the whole west should have it's own representation in that regard.
Tonia Dyas
This map is a perfect example of gerrymandering. It is unconstitutional in that it is not contiguous.
Terry Churchill
This is not the map to use! It encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021! This map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found inan east west divided map.
Mike S
This map is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw. Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b,c,d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. The map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. This map encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
Natalie A
This map is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering one could draw!! Although it meets the population deviation requirement at 175 citizens (.02%), it is a travesty of compactness and a contiguous nightmare. A candidate would have to traverse over 700 miles to get from Libby to Miles City, spending 10 hours of time, and when they got to either, the needs of both communities are polar opposites as well. • it obviously breaks the law, violating 5-1-115(3b,c,d) because when you search the political affiliation of registered voters in the counties represented, it creates a very strong democrat district in the SW, and a very strong Republican district everywhere else. • this map creates only one congressional seat bordering the huge economic driver of Canada with the state. • this map doesn’t even begin to resemble the historical divide we had for 80 years with our previous two congressional seats, keeping communities of interest intact based upon the commonalities easily found in an east west divided map. • it encircles Helena, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman to create a Democrat Super District, and should be voted “most likely to be sued by both the GOP and all Tribal governments” Map of 2021!
Patricia A Hogan
CP2 seems to be fairly competitive, so I like this option.
justin w cleveland
I understand the population split and no counties split, but reading the parameters set forth in the constitution, it does not fit the area criteria.
Lin Dsay
I like that it keeps all counties and reservations intact, but I dislike the twists and turns -- it looks too deliberate in the selection of counties. And I don't know the rules, but shouldn't the districts be comparable in geographic size?
Wendy Beye
This would make it very difficult for the District 2 representative to serve all his constituents. Imagine driving from the southeast corner of the state to the northwest corner for meeting during the winter months. There would also be extremely divergent needs between those two populations.
vicky ohara
not good!
Richard Hulse
This split poorly represents the economic and geographical interests of the regions. The mountainous region in the west has different needs than the plain region of the east. The eastern district is spread over 700 miles making representation difficult
John D Agnew
This map pits mostly urban areas against mostly rural areas