MS Legislative Reapportionment Committee will hold hearings in September and August to elicit public input on redistricting

Hearing Pic Jackson, MS – August 2, 2010 – The Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment will hold twelve (12) public hearings across the state to enable members of the public to explain to the Committee what values, standards and benchmarks the Committee ought to use when it redistricts the congressional, legislative and judicial districts in 2011 after the new census data is released.

The Census data must be provided to each state on or before April 1, 2011, but will most likely be available by late January or early February.

These hearings are an opportunity for community to express its concerns that the Committee use values, standards and benchmarks that comply with the federal Voting Rights Act, that do not dilute minority voting strength, keep communities of interest together, and that maintain the gains in representation that communities of color achieved through years of struggle to end systemic exclusion from voting and representation.

The announced Committee hearing schedule is located HERE.

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