Shifting Boundaries

Redistricting in Washington State

". . . redistricting . . . historically has been the single most wrenching, agonizing, and sometimes comical legislative action of each decade."

Edward D. Seeberger in
Sine Die: A Guide to the Washington State Legislative Process (1997)

Welcome to the redistricting website of the Washington State Oral History Program. This site provides a brief history of redistricting in Washington and a chance to explore some of the controversies caused by shifting political boundaries. Use the timeline to follow redistricting efforts through the decades or browse the special features, which include interviews, photographs, news articles, video clips, and hard-to-find documents.

Introduction | Pre-1950s | The 1950s | The 1960s | The 1970s | The 1980s | The 1990s | 2000 and Beyond

Comments | Bibliography | Acknowledgments | Other Links | Redistricting Maps