City Council Approves Redistricting Plan

Meridian City Council voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday night in favor of a redistricting plan within the city.

That plan will now be sent off to the U.S. Justice Department for review. Council president George Thomas says because of annexation, 1800 people are being moved out of ward 1 and a majority of those 1800 will now be part of ward 4.

"We've worked on it for seven or eight months now," Thomas says. "Because you have to get all the racial qualities or inequalities and make sure there are none of those. Make sure you don't dilute minority votes. Make sure you do not make significant changes in the population."

Councilwoman Barbara Henson says she believes it was a good move for the council to approve the plan. However, she does admit some of the wording in the proposal is hard to understand.

"The wording of it has been written by professionals," Henson says. "And then those of us who are on the council don't really understand them. But from the maps, we can know where the lines are."

Thomas says there were actually two redistricting plans to start with. The other four council members voted in favor of plan one. While Thomas voted for plan two, in the end, he says he gave in and voted for plan one as well so things can move forward.

The Justice Department has 60 days to approve the plan approved by city council. If you would like a copy of the proposal, you can visit Meridian City Hall.

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