C.P. resets council districts
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org December 24, 2012 11:14AM
Proposed district lines. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 24, 2012 11:38AM
CROWN POINT — The City Council approved redrawn council districts Dec. 20 by a 6-0 vote. Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th, was absent.
Councilman Robert Clemons, R-2nd, asked when the new districts would take effect.
Mayor David Uran said the state needs to approve the districts. “Then your district would change,” Uran said.
The council’s redistricting committee was made up of Bill Feder, D-at large, Chad Jeffries, D-1st and Mark Schweitzer, R-at large. They said the new map evenly divides the city into geographical areas that respect neighborhoods.
Schweitzer said he has sent the new district map to both city political party chairs.
By following existing city major streets, the divisions keep each district compact and meets the contiguity requirments of federal and state rules and regulations.
Some citizens will switch from one council representative to another to achieve contiguity as well as equal population. There is a constitutional requirement that requires each district to be substantially equal in total population.
Districts must be divided by the census data obtained by the U.S. Census Bureau at the 2010 census.
Precincts used by election boards are usually figured by the number of registered voters. That can make getting permission from the county and state a bit more difficult than just drawing lines on a map that meets the contiguity and population equality.