Lackluster population growth has caused Louisiana to lose one of its seven seats in Congress. In March, the state legislature will meet for a special session to determine how to redraw congressional and other election districts. How will Louisiana’s loss in D.C. affect its political clout and share in federal aid? Should there be one coastal congressional district in south Louisiana or one merged district for the northern part of the state? And will proposed changes create polarization or a district that truly represents you? Join “Louisiana Public Square” as it explores these issues and more on “Redistricting Louisiana” on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
Every ten years, state legislatures around the country go through the process of redrawing congressional and legislative district maps to reflect population changes. How these maps are drawn ultimately can affect what types of candidates are able to win elections. The Louisiana Legislature has called a special session in March to determine how to reconfigure congressional as well as state election districts to reflect the state’s population changes since the last census. Which areas of Louisiana will be most affected? And how will redrawn boundaries for both local and congressional districts impact you and your representation?
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I plan to watch tonight’s program on redistricting and I wanted to ask in advance if someone during the program could point out that places like Beauregard Parish have not yet been given the detailed census data. That means that time is being wasted. Ten years ago there was what I would call gerrymandering of our entire parish to pander to the old existing power clique. Holding back the data now worries me that we citizens will not have time to study the information and perhaps propose truly fair districts. Thanks! Michael Tritico
Posted by Michael Tritico on 02/24 at 09:38 AM
If you are concerned about fair and just representation, even in the judicial system, it is important to have representation with similar ideas, culture, and backgrounds. I believe in the democratic process, but politics can be corrupt. As a minority, one could feel as though gerrymandering could have adverse effects.
Posted by Joyce Wayne Rogers on 02/24 at 09:39 AM
I am hearing a lot about minority/majority redistricting….I do not feel this should be and issue. Redistricting should be based on population = re- districting by the number of people in each district as equal as possible, weather it is a large area, or small our legislators representing an equal number of people.
Posted by Deborah Doucet on 03/01 at 01:28 PM