Council will study its district lines

Published 5:47 pm Friday, June 17, 2011

Based on the results of the 2010 Census Alabama’s Congressional Districts will be redrawn.

Demopolis councilman Thomas Moore is left wondering if the city districts should undergo the same process.

“District lines can’t have more than a deviation of more than 5 percent,” said Moore who represents the city’s second district. “I feel sure there’s been a shift in population, for example, look at Edgemont Village.”

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To ensure equitable and adequate representation, the U.S. Justice Department requires that each district maintain roughly the same population, using the most recent Census data as a guide.

Since the last time district lines were set a decade ago, Moore said, among others, Edgemont Village has grown from one site to two and now serves as home to 60 citizens.

“I think there will be some changes too,” said District One’s Mitchell Congress. “We may not have gained numbers but I think some of our numbers have moved around.”

The council will now seek a cost estimate with the University of Alabama, who can determine what – if any – changes need to be made.

“If there are changes, we can do it far enough in advance that the next election won’t have to be delayed,” Moore said.

Any changes in district lines would have to be approved by the Justice Department.