Expressing an opinion on redistricting
Here’s a quick glance at the numbers those involved in redistricting are working with (supplied through the Standing Joint Committee on Reapportionment):
• Based on 2009 estimates, Mississippi has 2,951,996 residents, an increase of 3.77 percent or 107,330 people. In 2000, the state had 2,844,666 people.
• The ideal state House district size will be 24,197 people (based on the 2009 estimates). In 2000, this figure was 23,317.
This generates an increase of 880 people. There are 122 House seats; 39 are “minority-majority.”
• The ideal population of a state Senate seat — using the 2009 figures — is 56,769. Ten years ago, that was 54,705.
This equates to a 2,064 increase. There are 52 Senate 52, 12 of which are “minority-majority.”
• In the four Congressional districts, one is “minority-majority.” The ideal population of a U.S. House seat in the state in 2000 was 711,165. With the 2009 numbers, it would be 737,999, meaning an increase of 26,834.
Have an opinion about the legislative redistricting process and weren’t able to make it to Saturday’s meeting in Starkville?
There are several ways to express it.
First, there are six remaining hearings, with the next and nearest to Starkville being in Meridian. The schedule for these events is as follows:
• Monday; 6 p.m.; Meridian; Emma McCain Fine Arts Building at Meridian Community College.
• Wednesday; 6 p.m., Hattiesburg, Thad Cochran Center Ballroom 1, University of Southern Mississippi.
• Thursday; 6 p.m.; Gulfport; Jefferson Davis Fine Arts Auditorium at Gulf Coast Community College.
• Sept. 13; 6 p.m.; Summit; Hurst Fine Arts Building at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
• Sept. 14; 6 p.m. Natchez; Graduate Business Programs Lecture Hall at Alcorn State University Natchez Campus.
• Sept. 15; 6 p.m.; Jackson; Courtroom 1, Hinds County Courthouse.
Here are other ways to submit thoughts to the panel addressing the issue:
• Written comments can be mailed to The Standing Joint Committee on Reapportionment; c/o Ted Booth; P.O. Box 1204; Jackson, MS 39215-1204.
• Digital media or e-mail can be sent via e-mail (organizers ask senders to place the phrase “Reapportionment” in the title line) to Ted.Booth@peer.ms.gov.
For information, visit the website at http://www.msjrc.state.ms.us/ or call (601) 359-6555.