Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Committee Chair

Elwyn H. Odell

Second Committee Member

Robert Yee

Third Committee Member

Roy F. Ruebel


The political consequences of redistricting the Tenth Legislative District. which comprises four geographically separated areas, is the subject of this thesis. This area was chosen because of its unique characteristics. Previous to redistricting these areas comprised not only three different counties and legislative districts, but three different congressional districts as well. Each section, Whidbey Island, Camano Island, Bainbridge Island and the Northern part of the Kitsap Peninsula, can be observed both as a separate unit and as a member of an entire district. Each area is described as it existed prior to redistricting, and a short resume of the events leading up to redistricting is reviewed. The basic analysis concentrates on four major areas:

(1) The effect of the swing vote.

(2) The level of partisan strength• both before and after redistricting.

(3) The effects of the "home-town" vote.

(4) The effect of increased power in state elections as the segments become more influential in the total district.