Metro Council approves redistricting plan

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Council approved a redistricting plan for all 26 Council Districts by a unanimous vote Thursday night.  It's based on information collected in the 2010 US Census, and maintains about 28,500 people per district with at least six minority districts.

The plan was recommended for approval by the Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting who signed off on it this past Monday.

"It was a long process and I believe we have met the requirement to ensure fair representation in Metro Louisville," says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12), who chaired the Ad Hoc Committee. "We were thorough and have taken everything into consideration in this process. The Committee and members of the Council have put politics aside and worked together on this effort."

The Ad Hoc Committee began its work in February after being created by Metro Council President Jim King (D-10).

"The results of the 2010 Census required changes to the borders of each and every district." says Ken Fleming (R-7), who was vice-chair for the Ad Hoc Committee. "The process, establishing core goals and then following those goals, has resulted in the development of boundaries that have the unanimous support of the council, while also respecting common interests, neighborhoods, suburban cities and geographical similarities."

The redistricting plan has been reviewed by the Jefferson County Attorney's office to see if it complies with the Federal Voting Rights Act. The report indicates the plan does comply.

"I want to commend the Ad Hoc Committee, and particularly its chair Rick Blackwell,  for its work," says Council President Jim King (D-10). "This is a very important responsibility and I believe the Council and the public have given input to make sure this process is fair and everyone is represented equally in our local government."

Metro Louisville has seen an increase of over 47,000 in population between 2000 and 2010. This is the first time the districts have been redrawn since the districts were initially created following the approval of merged government by voters in 2000.

You can read the entire ordinance and see individual district maps on the Metro Government web site.

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