Judges Draw Redistricting Plan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Federal judges released a plan to update Mississippi's four congressional districts.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the plan released Monday decreases the number of split counties from eight to four.

"The Congressional redistricting plan proposed by the Federal Panel will allow us to proceed with the 2012 Elections without pre-clearance from the Department of Justice," said Hosemann. "The Secretary of State will not file an objection to the Plan."

Hosemann also said the plan does not split any precincts, and generally followed existing county lines existing.

The judges say their plan preserves core constituencies of each district.

State Rep. Greg Snowden, who represents Lauderdale and Clarke counties in the state legislature, noted that all but a relatively small fraction of Clarke County will be moved into the 3rd Congressional District, now represented by Gregg Harper, and out of the 4th District, represented by Steven Palazzo. He said 14,694 Clarke County residents will be in the 3rd, while only 2,038 Clarke countians will still live in the 4th.

With a population that's 37 percent black, the state
has one majority-black district that's represented by a Democrat and three majority-white districts, each now represented by a Republican.

Redistricting moved into federal court after state legislators failed to agree on a new congressional map.

District lines are updated each decade to reflect population changes revealed by the Census.

The majority-black 2nd District lost population between 2000 and 2010, so it had to expand
geographically to take in more people.


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