MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt slams partisan Districting Commission’s final legislative map

HELENA, Mont. – In a partisan 3-2 vote, the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission adopted the final gerrymandered version of Montana’s new legislative districts. Following the maps adoption, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“Democrat Commission members and Chairwoman Smith have done a disservice to the people of Montana by adopting a legislative district map that does not represent our communities. By putting partisan gains for their party above constitutionally required criteria, they have drowned out the voices of thousands of Montanans simply based off their views and beliefs,” said Chairman Kaltschmidt. “During today’s meeting, Commissioner Miller even said herself that constitutionally required compact plans are less fair, simply because legal maps don’t give her party more political power. This unconstitutional action must have consequences, and the Montana Republican Party will be seriously exploring legal action to hold the Commission accountable and give Montana residents their voice back.”