TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously adopted new district maps, but they won’t take effect until after this year’s county elections.
The maps redistribute residents among the five supervisor districts and four justice court and constable districts. It’s a process applied nearly every 10 years when new census data shows population shifts within the county.
Districts must contain a proportionate number of residents, but the 2010 Census revealed an unbalance. If any of the districts exceed the ideal number of residents by 10 percent, the lines must be redrawn – without diluting minority voting strength.
Lee County has one minority supervisor district, District 4, which will gain more African-American voters with the new map.
The maps were revealed to the board April 5 and again to the public at an April 18 hearing. They garnered few comments from either the supervisors or the residents who attended the hearing.
The redistricting plan now goes to the U.S. Department of Justice. If approved, it will take effect for the next round of county elections in 2015.
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