10:29am

Wed September 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Thousands Affected by Lexington Redistricting

Lexington's Urban County Council members are reviewing a redistricting plan that will mean changes for thousands of constituents.  The city undergoes redistricting every ten years based on data from the U.S. Census. Uneven population growth over the past ten years means that 33,104 Lexington citizens will soon be represented by a new council member.

First District councilman Chris Ford is gaining more than 85-hundred people who are currently in District Two.

"This will be new for me. My understanding is that council members will work tandem to introduce the respective council members to their new constituents and new districts."

Ideally each of the districts would have a population of 24,650, plus or minus five percent. Redistricting Committee Chairwoman Emma Tibbs says the moves were based on voting precincts.

"It's all well and good to say, I would like to have this precinct' or I didn't want this precinct moved.' And then you start looking at numbers. And you see if you move it out of there, it may make your deviation too small, too large."

Tibbs and 16 other committees discussed possible boundary scenarios for several months, and a draft of their recommendation is being considered by the council.

Districts 2 and 12 will lose the most constituents. The new district lines will take effect once the council votes on the plan sometime over the next month. That would give council members and residents a year to get familiar with each other before the 2012 elections.