“As a whole, we did well. We got a lot accomplished,” Lee said.
The DOJ must approve any redistricted map proposal using the one person, one vote rule and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a rubric.
Joiner applauded his fellow Council members for making good compromises to get every district as equal as possible.
“There were changes that had to be made based on what DOJ requires. We had to make some sweeping changes to be compliant with the law,” Joiner said. “It’s like a big puzzle. Six of us put it together.”
Council will bring the map to a public hearing Friday and vote for final passage of the new ordinance in the next regular Council meeting.
Once submitted, the Justice Department has 60 days to comment and review the districts. Having any changes settled long before the next election is important, so the local board of registrars has ample opportunity to realign the districts and place people in the proper voter roles.
“We tried to keep it as minimal as possible, so it would be less work for the registrars’ office,” Shinholster said.
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