3:40pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

District Redrawing Begins in LEX

Changes are ahead for Lexington’s legislative districts. The latest figures from the US Census show some of the districts within Lexington Fayette Urban County Government are unevenly populated. Boundaries need to be redrawn, but those district lines cannot be solely based on race or ethnic background.

“However, the Supreme Court and the various courts along the way have ruled that they can look at similar characteristics, economic considerations, cultural considerations. There are a lot of different things they can put into the mix,” said Gorton

Vice Mayor Linda Gorton formed a redistricting committee made up of citizens from across Lexington to recommend changes. Ideally, each of the 12 districts should have around 24,650 residents, plus or minus five percent.