Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Madison County MS Re-Districting 2011

Judge rules in favor of county, elections to be held on new lines

Everyone needs to read the Attorney Generals comments about the Madison County lawsuit and rushing through the redistricting... See the AG's comments: AND I think AG HOOD is correct about this matter... why put the entire system in gridlock for no reason!

Existing county maps OK'd for elections
No time to redistrict before voting, judge says

Judge: Madison County didn't have time to redistrict 

***Madison County Journal 3/23/2011*** Supervisors adopt 'Plan 3' map for redistricting

Madison County is in the process of ReDistricting Supervisor and Justice Court Districts.

Jackson Jambalaya 3/22/2011 Madison County Supes: The Fix is in. (Video)

WLBT TV 3/21/2011 Madison supes hold off on redistricting decision

Clarion Ledger 3/21/2011 Madison supervisors reject call for redistricting delay  (Be sure to click comments)

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held Monday, March 21, 2011, to provide information and obtain public input on the options.  Click here for the Redistricting Guidelines.

PUBLIC HEARING VIDEOS: (Monday, March 21, 2011)

Redistricting only occurs every 10 years; so, we will have to live the consequences for a long time.  It is important to participate to insure taxpayer concerns are heard and heeded!  PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND!

Click for Maps and analytical information.
SD is Supervisor District; click 30x40 to see map with selected streets.

Clarion Ledger article 3/16/11 Madison County Supes eye redistricting

Madison County Journal 3/17/11 Smith could face Redd in remap

Madison County Herald 3/17/11 Supes to pick 1 of 3 maps at meeting

Madison County Herald 3/3/11  Redistricting sets rules of the game


Web Master said...

Many citizens are very concerned about the lack of compactness on the Madison County redistricting options... especially #1 and #3.

Web Master said...

CMPDD and Supervisors did not consider where the current ELECTION COMMISSIONERS live. Election Commissioners have the same districts as supervisors and are elected officials. Some Election Commissioners live outside of their districts in the various options.

Concerned Citizen said...

The best option is option 2. This is the only option leaving Ingleside, Reunion and Annandale in District 3. Option 1 puts them in Dist 1; and Option 3 puts them in District 2.
Option 2 is most compact, moves the least number of people to new districts unnecessarily, and has the least number of split precincts.

Option 1 and 3 are not COMPACT, result in moving tens of thousands of citizens to new districts for no logical reason, and result in more split precincts.
The Madison County Election Commissioners were not considered. Their districts are the same as the Supervisor. Option 3 takes Kakey Chaney out of her District 2 and puts here in District 3 with Pat Truesdale

Anonymous said...

I have reviewed the three maps and agree that Plan 2 meets more of the requisite guidelines for reapportionment (the correct term for “redistricting”). The proposed districts seem to be more compact, have some greater community of interest than the other two, and will better allow the voting public to understand who represents them without so much confusion than the other two more “gerrymandered” districts will cause to the voting public.

Remember, reapportionment is not necessarily a “legal” fight for fairness. The courts have recognized that reapportionment is pure bare knuckles politics and as long as the districts do not vary too greatly from the demographics and preserve existing minority districts, if at all possible, they will not substitute their judgment for that of the local governing body seeking to reapportion themselves. Plan 2 also has the least overall deviation (variance) from the population requirements when you average the deviation factors of the three plans. Plan 2 also most closely follows the existing district lines where possible and protects incumbents and keeps incumbents from running against each other.

Web Master said...

City of Madison to intervene... to oppose lawsuit...

Some residents are complaining that a change this close to elections will confuse voters who also stand the possibility of being placed in different districts.

Some are going even further, saying the redrawn lines are an attempt to manipulate the elections.

Meanwhile, the city of Madison has filed a motion to intervene, joining with the Madison County Republican Executive Committee in their objection to redistricting before this year's elections.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has indicated his office will defend the original qualifying deadline established by the state Legislature.

The county has a hearing with the U.S. District Court April 1 in an attempt to reopen qualifying for county elections until June 1. If they fail, the elections must be held using the old district lines.