No Objections Filed to New Congressional Districts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

No one is objecting in court to new Mississippi congressional districts drawn by federal judges.

The lack of objections by the Thursday deadline could clear the way for judges to ratify the districts following a Wednesday hearing.

Monday, the judges released a plan to update Mississippi's congressional districts.

Redistricting is necessary after every Census to equalize population.

The proposed map decreases the number of split counties from eight to four. Counties split under the new plan are Hinds,Madison, Clarke and Oktibbeha.

Most of Clarke County will be in the Third Congressional District.

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

Congressional candidates' qualifying deadline is Jan. 13 for the March 13 primaries.

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

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