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Redistricting precincts on commissioners’ agenda


LIVINGSTON — Polk County Commissioners will consider approving an order that begins the process of redrawing commissioner’s court precincts in Polk County based on demographic data from the 2010 census during a meeting set for 9 a.m. Wednesday. Census data published earlier this year showed that in order to meet requirements set by the U.S. Justice Department that each of the four commissioner’s precincts represent an equal number of citizens, the boundaries of Pct. 3 would have to substantially change. The goal of county officials is to do that without increasing the amount of county roads that the Pct. 3 Road and Bridge Department would have to maintain. They also face a mandate to preserve the minority voting strength in boxes currently in Purvis’ precinct. A potential solution proposed at an earlier workshop is to move the Precinct 3 boundary west to the Loop 59 bypass. That scenario would require moving one of the voting boxes in Pct. 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent’s precinct. While any boundary changes would also revise boundary lines for Justice of the Peace and Constable precincts, they do not require the same strict mandates from the Justice Department as the Commissioners’ boundary lines do, according to attorneys advising the commissioners. Wednesday’s hearing will be held in the third floor Commissioners Courtroom at the Polk County Courthouse.


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