The Louisville Metro Council’s ad hoc committee on redistricting is finished hearing public comments and final drafts of all 26 district maps are expected to be introduced to the Metro Council on Thursday. Public comments taken during six regional redistricting meetings have led to some changes in some new district boundaries, said Councilman Rick Blackwell,… Continue reading Final Louisville Metro Redistricting Map Expected This Week
So-called traditional marriage has declined in Indiana, according to the 2010 Census. The survey shows a 61 percent increase in the number of households led by same-sex couples since 2000. There are now more than 16,000 LGBT couples living together and about one fourth of them are raising children. There was also a large gain… Continue reading Census Shows Same-Sex, Unmarried Couples Leading More Indiana Households
The Louisville Metro Council is seeking a contract employee who can operate a computer program that draws new legislative districts based on census data. The council will still have a say in where district lines are drawn, but the application will make the necessary calculations to ensure the proper number of residents live in each… Continue reading Metro Council to Hire Contractor for Redistricting
Louisville civil rights leaders are concerned that dwindling numbers in historically African-American neighborhoods will diminish minority representation in Metro Government. There are currently six African-Americans on the council, and Louisville NAACP president Raoul Cunningham says the districts were first drawn to ensure that number. But the 2010 Census shows that while Louisville’s minority population increased,… Continue reading Cunningham Concerned What Redistricting Will Mean for Diversity on Metro Council
A Republican-led Indiana Senate committee has approved a redistricting plan for the chamber, though Democrats say it unfairly dilutes African-American and Hispanic voters. The Senate Elections Committee approved the plan with a 6-2 vote along party lines Thursday. The panel also proposed new district boundaries for Indiana’s nine congressional seats.
Democrats in the Indiana House say they want action on a Republican-led redistricting plan delayed so they can continue studying the proposal. GOP lawmakers, who control the legislature, released their proposal for new districts for the state’s congressional and legislative districts this week and scheduled a committee hearing on the plan for Wednesday. The districts… Continue reading Indiana Democrats Hope to Delay Redistricting Plan
It was previously reported that Jefferson County’s population increase over the last decade was due largely to growing Asian and Hispanic populations. The same news was reported in several other counties, and this map from the Census Bureau shows how various populations have grown and shrunk since 2000.
Now that data from the 2010 Census has been released, we can see how the population of individual counties in Kentucky has changed. That’s necessary information as redistricting begins in earnest.
Despite a national population shift to the south and west, Kentucky’s congressional delegation will not change as a result of the 2010 census. But that doesn’t mean the state’s legislative districts will go unchanged.
Data from the 2010 Census is beginning to be released, and that means legislative districts will have to be redrawn to reflect changes in population.
Next year, the Louisville Metro Council will redraw its district map for the first time.