Redistricting and East Mississippi

The three judges hosted a status conference on the issue Friday in Jackson. During that, attorneys for all parties involved informed the panel about what they want to see happen.

According to lawmakers, the proposals being reviewed could lead to big changes for east Mississippi.

Unlike the current lines, which have some districts very spread out and divided, Representative Greg Snowden says the two House proposals that are being reviewed by federal judges have many districts, including his own, more compact.

Snowden said the proposed changes could pit Lauderdale County supervisor Craig Hitt, who qualified to run for the open seat in District 84, to have to run against an incumbent after all.

"Under the proposals, he and I would be in the same district in some of those plans, and in other plans he would be in a district that would go over into Newton County," Snowden said.

Arguably, the biggest change that is being proposed involves District 84. Both proposals from the House would literally move that district from the western side of Lauderdale County and Clarke County to the eastern side of Lauderdale County, where it would eliminate Clarke County and pick up portions of Kemper and Neshoba.

Shifting District 84 to the eastern side of Lauderdale County would create a second majority minority district within the county.

The first is District 82. It's a seat that was occupied for almost three decades by Charles Young, Sr. Under the proposals that are being reviewed by the judges, his son, Charles Young, Jr., would be left to seek the legislative seat within the newly established majority-minority district.

Meanwhile, with the judges' order on the redistricting dilemma yet to be rendered, legislative candidates like Snowden must now wait.


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  • by Jerry on Apr 30, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    Well, looks like the incumbents won another one. No hard opponents this year! Gott'em moved into another district. POWER POWER POWER, that's what its all about.
  • by Greg Snowden Location: Meridian on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    The dilution basically is accomplished through manipulation of population deviations between districts. In most cases (not all) GOP-leaning districts were packed with more people than Dem-leaning districts, thereby undervaluing Republican voting strength and correspondingly overvaluing Democratic voting strength. That's how we saw it, anyway.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM in reply to Greg Snowden
      now Greg with all due respect, you know thats not true.the numbers dont lie.leaning districts? now who can tell whats leaning.oh, you did say that that was how YOU saw it.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM in reply to Greg Snowden
      also why not represent all of the people in your district. not just rep or demo
  • by mark Location: union on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    THANK GOD! he can't even say CASINO correctly, (cassina as he calls it)
  • by Greg Snowden Location: Meridian on Apr 25, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    Just to make it clear, you should know that I voted against all of these House plans three separate times, as did Reps. Horne, Campbell, and nearly every House Republican incumbent. House GOP members believe all of the plans drafted in the House unfairly diluted conservative voting strength statewide.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM in reply to Greg Snowden
      Thank God we have freedom of speech. Thanks Rep. Snowden.But can you tell me how? diluted conservative voting strength statewide
  • by Sam J. Location: Meridian on Apr 25, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Interesting how a complete district is moved and just happened to work out in Mr. Jones' favor, that he won't have to run against Mr. Young. Also, how only two boxes in Lauderdale County are moved to Newton County to insure Craig Hitt can't run in a Lauderdale County District. What's best for the people isn't considered. It's what's best for the incumbent that seems to be the priority.
  • by bubba on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    if this plan is passed??????? will there be another election??? I am sure there are many people that will be affected that would have loved to run but was in the wrong distric
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