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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. (via)
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.
CN2 has a breakdown of how congressional districts will need to change. Three of Kentucky’s six districts (2nd, 4th and 6th) will need to shed counties, says the report. Block by block data (when released) will be used to redraw the boundaries of the Louisville Metro Council districts. The council workgroup on redistricting meets Monday.
Lawmakers will soon begin to redraw legislative districts based on new census data. Many pundits have said this year’s elections have given Republicans an edge in redistricting, because the party has been voted into power in many areas.
But the Fix says the GOP’s wide majority in the House is evidence of the opposite:
In fact, they’ve got their work cut out for them in even keeping their current majorities in many states.
The Republican majority, which will be 47 seats when the new Congress is sworn in next month, will be bigger than at any point in the last 60 years. That means the party is already stretched pretty thin when it comes to the districts it holds.
Adding seats to that map is very difficult — even in many of the states where Republicans control the redistricting process and will be drawing the lines.
Detailed data from the 2010 Census is coming out soon, and that has some lawmakers sharpening their gerrymandering pencils.
In Louisville, this will be a fairly historic occasion. The districts for the Metro Council will be redrawn for the first time.
I talked with Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh about the process. She hopes to involve outside experts, which is how the districts were first drawn before merger. Ward-Pugh anticipates a shift toward the eastern suburbs, but she expects the council to respect diversity and neighborhood boundaries. So it’s unlikely we’ll see anything like this in Louisville.