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Christy Jutila
The lines are looking a bit on the gerrymandering side. It doesn't make sense to cut Flathead county.
Teri Lums
Splits up counties - doing so causes voter confusion.
kenny pannell
This map isn't fair. It includes Flathead County with eastern Montana counties in a strange, illogical way. There's nothing natural about that.
Garth Neuffer
While this map has benefit of offering good representation and a competitive district for reservations and many counties in Western Montana, it also splits up counties (Flathead in particular) so wouldn't be my first choice on the basis of fairness and keeping counties intact.
Jennifer Keith
This doesn't seem like a good plan. Looks pretty gerrymandered and doesn't make sense. While it balances the population overall, it doesn't make sense to have a "Tail" like that.
Seth Berglee
Besides not being compact, it makes no sense to put the Flathead in with Eastern MT. Tons of people arguing that Bozeman should be part of the western district, it fits way better into the Eastern side than the Flathead in every metric but political affiliation, which is not a requirement!
James Deere
Absolutely no reason we should split Whitefish from Kalispell and its clear most from Flathead County agree, I can't support the horseshoe maps.
Sabine Mellmann-Brown
Ouch. What is the logic behind this map except for political reasons? Splitting Kalispell from Whitefish, Glacier and part of the Flathead appears rather artificial. The only way to truely represent the differing opinions and cultures of this state is to have a district at large with representatives selected according to party proportions. Lets not gerrymander to achieve that goal.
Anne Christensen
This map has the advantage of including at least two tribal nations in each district. The population is evenly divided. While not my first choice, this may be a compromise choice.
Michael Blend
Doesn't make sense to dip the east side district into Flathead.
anita brawner/ brian fraker
this map has a tail just like a dog. It is not compact and contiguous.
Mark T Beland
Disenfranchises thousands of voters. Unpatriotic in my book.
Linda G Semones
This map is not highly competitive. It divides Flathead County. It is not a good choice.
Marcus H Smith
Although biased toward the Republicans, this map might form the basis of a reasonable compromise with adjustments Park County belongs in the Western district.
Nancy Metcalf Loeza
Unduly favors the republican political party in both districts. The new district would not be a strongly republican as the original district, but the new district should not belong to any political party as much as possible.
Rae Grulkowski
Biased boundary areas will create large problems for fair voting amongst political parties. Do not like this one at all.
Keith Baer
More gerrymandering
Maryrose Beasley
Gerrymandering. Maps shouldn't need to resort to this.
Theron Nelson
Clearly a gerrymandered map. Who in their right mind would pluck Kalispell (ONLY) out of the West and put it in the east.
Dylan Stokes
This map still gerrymanders to a particular party over another. I have absolutely no idea how maps that gerrymander this much can even get to a potential final approving stage, when everybody knows what’s going on. Elections are meant to be completely fair between every party involved, with none of them having an unfair advantage such as this. Dividing Montana by the East and the West is the best thing to do, and this map clearly doesn’t do that concept correctly. I humbly request that this map be thrown out of consideration also. Thank you.
Dylan Stokes
This map still gerrymanders to a particular party over another. I have absolutely no idea how maps that gerrymander this much can even get to a potential final approving stage, when everybody knows what’s going on. Elections are meant to be completely fair between every party involved, with none of them having an unfair advantage such as this. Dividing Montana by the East and the West is the best thing to do, and this map clearly doesn’t do that concept correctly. I humbly request that this map be thrown out of consideration also. Thank you.
David A. Skinner
Call this the Fryingpanhandlemander. Ridiculous to reach for HALF of Flathead County. Bzzzt.
Dylan Stokes
This map still gerrymanders to a particular party over another. I have absolutely no idea how maps that gerrymander this much can even get to a potential final approving stage, when everybody knows what’s going on. Elections are meant to be completely fair between every party involved, with none of them having an unfair advantage such as this. Dividing Montana by the East and the West is the best thing to do, and this map clearly doesn’t do that concept correctly. I humbly request that this map be thrown out of consideration also. Thank you.
Dylan Stokes
This map still gerrymanders to a particular party over another. I have absolutely no idea how maps that gerrymander this much can even get to a potential final approving stage, when everybody knows what’s going on. Elections are meant to be completely fair between every party involved, with none of them having an unfair advantage such as this. Dividing Montana by the East and the West is the best thing to do, and this map clearly doesn’t do that concept correctly. I humbly request that this map be thrown out of consideration also. Thank you.
Dylan Stokes
This map still gerrymanders to a particular party over another. I have absolutely no idea how maps that gerrymander this much can even get to a potential final approving stage, when everybody knows what’s going on. Elections are meant to be completely fair between every party involved, with none of them having an unfair advantage such as this. Dividing Montana by the East and the West is the best thing to do, and this map clearly doesn’t do that concept correctly. I humbly request that this map be thrown out of consideration also. Thank you.
Marc L Sabin
Map #4: While the deviation is small, the awkward and unseemly peninsula created penetrating the Western District (1) with Flathead, Pondera and Teton Counties in the eastern District (2) seems a direct contradiction of continuous and compact. Further, parts of Pondera need to be carved out for the reservation. Reject this map
Geof Gratny
this is not fair, bad idea
Maria Loeza
At a minimum, this map keeps two tribal communities together, but it still favors one party. I do not support this map.
Nicole Schubert
No, no, no! Look at that crazy arm going out into the west section! C'mon, that IS "gerrymandering" and NOT FAIR! I mean, really? Please go with the straight east/west split like in Map 1 and whatever you do, please don't get pulled into that arm....or is it a nose, like Pinocchio full of lies or a witch trying to pull someover? Do witches do that? Somebody is trying to here. Please don't do this. It's too obvious. I mean, I wouldn't want any gerrymandering on my conscience. Thank you :)
Steve Hinebauch
Talk about gerrymandering! Why would you cut a hole in a map like this?
Susan M Cox
This map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness, adopted by the Commission, the divide through the places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to democratic strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university towns into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest county in the state. It is a gerrymandered map.
Joseph D. Coco
I oppose this map. Whitefish should be included in Flathead County. The long thin stretch through Flathead County doesn't even try to cover up the gerrymandering intentions of this option.
Jean Keller
I dislike this map because this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double-digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Catherine McWilliam
This is gerrymandered and violates Montana laws
James Keller
Map 4 – I dislike this map because • this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double-digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. • looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” • it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Ann Ingram
This is another gerrymandered map attempting to create a democratic super district in the west and a double digit advantage republican district in the east. It split Flathead county and violates the communality of interest by placing it in the east.
Erin Darling
This map is another nice example of gerrymandering. Communities must be kept intact, and this divides the Flathead. It is clear this was done to join up a strongly Democratic portion of the Flathead with the liberal cities in the SW. This map also does not take into account future growth, as the western portion will out pace the other district. It is true that the Reservations are more evenly split on this map, but this doesn't makes up for the gerrymandering and violation of the "keeping communities of interest intact" test required to get there.
Terry Ewing
I dislike this map because this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double-digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Connie Rader
Terribly drawn map.
Michelle Daniels
I dislike and strong oppose the CP 4 gerrymandered map. It illogically and recklessly divides the northern and southern areas of Flathead County into TWO separate East/West voting districts. I live in beautiful NW Montana in the Flathead County. I believe this map would add A LOT of confusion and resentment if our fast growing Flathead County were divided in half like this. This map creates an unlawfully and favored western voting District 1 for the Democratic party that would include the cities of Helena, Butte, Missoula, Bozeman and Whitefish and placing the remaining cities of Kalispell, Great Falls and Billings in eastern voting District 2. This is a very unbalanced redistricting map. It doesn't come close to lawfully meeting the Montana Code 5-1-115 redistricting criteria.
Linda Kenoyer
I like the competitive aspect of the western district, but using districting to force Kalispell into eastern Montana because of party preference seems like exactly what we should try to avoid.
K Brad Lotton
Love that little "finger" poked west to include Kalispell in the eastern district. What is the matter with you people? Ridiculous!
Brandon Deshaw
I dislike this map because it breaks state law. The districts are not compact, not contiguous. It also just looks weird, don't you think? Why is there that "tentacle" that reaches to the west? It looks unnatural. That is probably a good indicator that something is wrong with this one.
Kaye D Suzuki
Support this Map Competitive for both parties. Reservations are kept as a whole. Close to equal populations
C
It has only one positive feature allowing for two reservations to be included within the Western District however that is outweighed because it violates the Compact and contigous tests with partisan half taken from Flathead County placing Kalispell in the eastern district. that's why I dislike this
Ashley Noonan
This map is horrible for the sake that it divides Flathead county. The county should be kept as a whole like everywhere else. There is no need to separate the county into a more liberal area when each city within the county is very close. Another ridiculous proposition by ignorant sneaky democrats.
Elizabeth A Hoffa
This map fails to be compact and divides communities with like interests. It is ridiculous and an obvious attempt at gerrymandering.
Elizabeth Ries
This gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Socialist super district in the west, and a double digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. This type of map is why you need to have different people on the commission every 10 years.
Michael Noonan
Rejected. 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. If you want those values and mountains, CA still has plenty of space.
Michael Noonan
Rejected. 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. If you want those values and mountains, CA still has plenty of space.
Karen Cramer
looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!”
Thomas Millett
This map is gerrymandered and needs to be rejected outright. Seriously! Who puts this type of map together except someone with an OBVIOUS agenda! REJECT, REJECT, REJECT...oh, did I mention REJECT?
Dennis Sandbak
CP4 • Overall, first look it is not contiguous or compact. Appears politically motivated to favor 1 political party over the other in District 1. Same ideologic motivation as CP2, CP6, CP8, and CP9 just different arrangement of lines drawn for district boundaries. • Like CP2, CP6, CP8, and CP9, this breakout could create divisiveness between our two representatives back in Washington. We need representatives that will work for the best interest of all Montanans. A district that is broke out that will favor 1 political party will likely never work for all of Montana interests. Largest growth is anticipated in proposed District 2 and would not be a fair/balanced district representation for all of Montana. • Even though I like the fact that reservations occur in both districts, I cannot support this map.
Mark Allred
This map is so ridiculous I cannot believe any serious person could come up with it. Reaching into the western part of the state to tie it in with the eastern this way makes NO sense whatsoever. Unless you are trying to create a Democrat district and REALLY want to include Whitefish. 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.
James Gomolka
I see many comments liking or disliking based on the most probable party to control a district. THIS IS NOT A CRITERIA! This map fails in compactness and divides communities with like interests. It is a ridiculous and obvious attempt at gerrymandering.
Janet L Childress
While #4 is not as unfair as 1,3,5 and 7, it too is not truly competitive. What kind of election is it if one party is handed the victory? Every voice needs to be heard.
Emma Moerman
This map does not do a good job of keeping communities of interest intact. Furthermore, the divide through the Flathead puts all the strongly republican districts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west. This links the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university towns into one district.
Tom Finkle
This map violates the compact and contiguous tests and will create a Democrat Super District.
Don McBurney
Perhaps the most obviously goofy map. Whitefish and Columbia Falls are 15 miles apart and share many commonalities yet this map separates them into different districts. It says Whitefish has more in common with Glendive and Absaroka than Columbia Falls. Such a notion is nuts from an agricultural and geographic perspective.
Melisa Schelvan
This map it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district. This map is obviously gerrymandered.
David Ingram, MD
This is a textbook gerrymandering map. How does splitting flathead county and placing Kalispell in the east satisfy compact and contiguous and commonalities of interests? The intent is clear by linking the democratic leaning northern part of flathead county with the democratic strongholds of Missoula while throwing the republicans to the east. What does it achieve other than insuring the creation of a democratic stronghold?
Julie L Lauritzen
This map is unfavorable for a number of reasons. Looking at future growth, this map favors the western district and the population growth with quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade.
Clinton Nagel
Probably the worst map - ever.
Leslie Ellington-Staal
Short and sweet. This is a terrible map!
Perry Helt
What is that weird shaft in the east district that goes almost to Idaho? Oh yeah, i think it's called GERRYMANDERING! This ploy splits 3 counties, and just like CP2, asks for a lopsided dump of one party's supporters into the eastern district. How can that be fair to MT. voters? To the party that's always screaming about suppression and disenfranchisement i can only say, try looking in the mirror!
Sharon S Patton-Griffin
Divides Flathead County.
Joe Phillips
I dislike this map because this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double digit political lead in the east for the Republicans.
Anne Boychuck
this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double-digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Liana Orsolini
I dislike this map because it is another example of gerrymandering. If we take into account future population growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!"
Dan Boychuck
I dislike this map because this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double-digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Belle Demeny
I don't like this choice
Lindsey Mishler
looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!”
Randy Brodehl
Map 4 is a very clear attempt to gerrymander the addition of the districts. Attempting to split the Flathead strips of the blinders and reveals the overt desire to weaken the Republican vote, in total opposition to the MCA. Please don't do this.
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 the compactness requirements, it has one district going very far West into another district. It causes the districts to not be as equal as possible in length and width PLUS it divides 3 counties.
Stefanie Hanson
This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double-digit political lead in the east for the Republicans.
Deborah M Wilson
This map is gerrymandered. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena and Butte and combines both major university towns into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west.
Donald Hancock
Obvious Gerrymandering.
Oxana Gamba
This map doesn't make sense
Chris Van Fossen
Blatant gerrymandering, no one should support this.
Al Wilson
This map is terrible, gerrymandering at it's finest. Clearly violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County.
Liane Johnson
1. Division by natural boundaries. FAIL 2. Division by population. Pass 3. Division by exterior border with Canada. Pass 4. Division by county representation. Fail--too many pieces and parts of counties divided by mountains. 5. Division by Indian population. Fail 6. Division by Urban/Rural population. Pass 7. Division by Commerce. Fail 8. Division by Tourist Trades. Pass 9. Division by political parties. Scale 1-5(best) = 2
chris ryan rosenstock
Map 4 – I dislike this map because  this gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double digit political lead in the east for the Republicans.  looking at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!”  it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Jacob Balyeat
This map has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Nancy Mehaffie
This District has this horribly obvious gerrymander to reach Flathead county. Flathead has more of the Western issues than what would be in the Eastern part of the state.
Tonia Dyas
This map is probably the worst map submitted in regards to obvious gerrymandering. Come on man ! This map obviously favors the western district over the next decade of growth
Terry Churchill
This is not a good choice! It is a gerrymandering nightmare. It obviously creates another Democrat super district in the west. CP 4 has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Mike S
This gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. If you look at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Mike S
This gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double digit political lead in the east for the Republicans. If you look at future growth, this map will obviously favor the western district, and we can be sure the population will quickly ruin the equality of both these districts over the next decade of growth. Let’s vote this one “the most likely to render the Ravalli county Republican stronghold and the majority Democrat eastern tribes in Montana impotent in their new seats!” it has only one positive feature, allowing for two reservations to be included within the western district. However, that is outweighed because it violates the compact and contiguous tests with the partisan half taken from Flathead County, placing Kalispell in the eastern district.
Natalie Adams
This gerrymandered map is the best example of violating keeping communities of interest intact. Kalispell is the county seat of government, is where all the airports reside, and is the social and economic hub for the county. When you look at the illegal criteria of competitiveness adopted by the Commission, the divide through the Flathead places all the strong republican precincts in the east, and the democrat ones in the west, linking them to the democrat strongholds of Helena with Butte and combines both major university town into one district. This has the double effect of dividing the political power of the strongest Republican county in the state. This obvious gerrymandering continues when you evaluate all the locations, creating another Democrat super district in the west, and a double digit political lead in the east for the Republicans.
justin w cleveland
Not a good map, maybe for a jigsaw puzzle.
Sue Beland
Map CP 4 is an interesting idea. However, it splits the tribal vote even though the Blackfoot Reservation is together and 3 counties are split. It also splits Park and Gallatin counties into 2 Districts when they have close ties economically, educationally, and domestically and for that reason should remain in the same district. Voter interests are not served with map 4 as it promotes voter suppression which is gerrymandering and should not be a part of Montana politics.
Charity Fechter Shirley
Population is balanced but it sure doesn't give good representation. Agree with the other dislike comments and opinion
Bev Hartline
This proposal is perfectly balanced in population as of the census date. However, by relegating Kalispell--an economic, business, educational, and healthcare regional center--to the eastern district, this proposal really divides the northwestern corner of the state. Moreover, it is unfortunate that it splits three counties in the same area.
Lin Dsay
This map interrupts too many counties and like-minded communities.
Judy Lewis
This map splits 3 counties and is not really contiguous. It favors the status quo and does not address the change in demographics of the larger cities like Bozeman. It also places Park county in a district different from Bozeman. We are communities of interest, with many people working in Bozeman and living in Livingston. This map does not reflect the political changes in urban populations in the last 10 years.
vicky ohara
Nope! Love the split, not!
John Wright
This map does a noble job in getting the CSKT and Blackfeet Reservations in the same district. However, Kalispell belongs in the Western District since it is a regional economic hub in western Montana. The C67 or PM 238 Map allows Kalispell and Bozeman remain in the Western District, and the counties to remain whole with the exception of Pondera because of the Blackfeet Reservation. Please consider the C67 Map as an alternative to this one. The 2020 Senate race should be the most considered because the former Governor turned out to be the strongest Democratic candidate during the 2020 election cycle. The proposed C67 Western District vote was 50.6% Republican in a +10 GOP election for U.S. Senate. This makes the C67 Western district a naturally competitive district. The deviation is only +/- 0.07% in each district with the reason for the deviation not being 0% is the counties are not broken up, with the exception of Pondera because of the Blackfeet Reservation, to ensure communities of interest remain intact. C67 Map Link: https://districtr.org/plan/49176
Breeann Johnson
This map fails to adequately provide for a competitive (50/50 chance of republican or democrat winning) district. Map leans toward keeping the status quo in Montana, which does not properly reflect demographic trends in the state.