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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Redistricting plan hits stumbling block


Where do you draw the line? That is the question the Board of Supervisors is being asked to answer following the 2010 U.S. Census.
Supervisors hosted Chris Watson of Bridges and Watson for a review of a proposed redistricting plan at their meeting on March 31. Watson said it is a lengthy process.
“We’ve been back and forth correcting population imbalances and trying to achieve various goals,” Watson said.
Watson said a public meeting had been held prior to the census data being released.
“We didn’t know then how far out of balance the districts were,” Watson said.
Census data indicates that several districts vary by more than the 10 percent allowed by law, making it necessary to redraw district lines.
Watson said achieving an equal number of residents as well as keeping the current incumbents in their districts and drawing compact and regularly shaped areas were the goals.

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