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Unicoi redistricting plan meeting’s focus

August 3rd, 2011 11:36 am by Brad Hicks

ERWIN — The Unicoi County Redistricting Committee will hold its first, and possibly only, meeting this year today at 3 p.m. to discuss evening out the voting population in the county’s three districts.
Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch said redistricting is mandated by the state and is done every 10 years in conjunction with the national census. Redistricting’s goal is to alter district boundary lines to place the same number of voters, within a certain percentage, in each county districts.
Lynch said the county experienced more growth in its second district since the last census, which will require moving voters from the first and third districts into the second.
“We’re pretty fortunate in that growth wasn’t too far out of kilter,” Lynch said. “In other words, we had growth in all three districts, it’s just that the second district had a little bit more.”
The redistricting committee is made up of county officials who “know the county,” Lynch said. He said moves proposed by the committee must be ratified by the county commission and must also be approved by the state.
Although the state requires county redistricting proposals to be submitted by January, Lynch said the county has a “pretty good jump” on the process and hopes the commission will possibly be able to vote on the new district lines at its meeting later this month.
“I don’t look for us to go more than maybe two meetings. In fact, tomorrow we may be able to wrap it up,” Lynch said Tuesday.
The redistricting committee is set to meet in the conference room of the Unicoi County Courthouse.

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