Changes made in the redistricting process in North Dakota during the special session will impact rural areas. “Some districts changed and numbers shifted. Other districts are going away, being reassigned to others,” said Pete Hanebutt, Director of Public Policy, NDFB. It’s too early to know how this will effect politics for the next full legislative session. “Some of these rural districts were already rivaling the size of New Hampshire. When you start drawing those maps, starting on the outside and working inward, some of those middle districts are growing. That takes away from some rural impacts and votes. I think rural North Dakota will be well represented, in spite of the fact we’re losing ground on numbers.”
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