Corinth approves new redistricting maps for 2014 municipal elections

djournal-In-the-NewsBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth city board this week adopted a redistricting map to be used in 2014 municipal elections.

Corinth’s municipal elections are held under a special charter.

Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Corinth’s Wards 2 and 5 needed population adjustments to come back into balance with the city’s other three wards, according to the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, which prepared the redistricting map and population recommendations.

Under the previous map the ward with the highest population – Ward 2 – had a population almost 14 percent higher than the ward with the lowest population – Ward 5.

Federal law requires that wards be within 10 percent in population, so redistricting was required to bring the wards back into balance.

The previous ward populations were: Ward 1 – 2,872; Ward 2 – 3,160; Ward 3 – 2,953; Ward 4 – 2,828; Ward 5 – 2,760.

The approved changes will move 84 residents from Ward 2, which had the highest growth under the most recent census, to Ward 5. The ward line will move west from Highway 45 to Forest School Road, beginning at Wenasoga Road. Another 21 residents will be moved from Ward 2 to Ward 5 with relocation of the ward line from Maple Road east to Willow Road between Shiloh Road and Magnolia Road.

After these and other minor changes ward populations will be: Ward 1 – 2,862; Ward 2 – 3,088; Ward 3 – 2,953; Ward 4 – 2,838; Ward 5 – 2,832.

Ward populations under the new ward lines will be within 8.78 percent of each other. Interested individuals may see the new ward maps at city hall during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com