A funny thing happened when the General Assembly passed new voting districts for the state last week. Lawmakers lost a whole county.
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On the same day the 2012 legislative session convened, committees in the General Assembly approved new voter district lines. They now go the full state House and Senate. But some lawmaker want more time to look the plans over.
Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper wants his district to go back to the way it once was and include all of Davidson County.
Tennessee’s House of Representatives would have the same number of minority voting districts under a proposal released Wednesday, even if it results in fewer minority lawmakers.
A dozen incumbent members of the state House – mostly Democrats – would have to run against each other in the redistricting plan released by Republicans Wednesday. One contest pits two Representatives in Davidson County.
Tennessee’s closed-door redistricting process will become a little more public next week. House Republicans will reveal their maps in an open meeting.
For the first time this year, any Tennessean with a computer can take a crack at redrawing voting lines for seats in Congress and the General Assembly. The once-every-decade redistricting process is underway, led by Republicans in the legislature. Despite the opportunity for input, citizens have remained silent.
African American state lawmakers are preparing a legal challenge to redistricting plans they’ve yet to see in full. The Tennessee Black Caucus is feeling shut out of the process, which is being led by Republicans.
Now that Tennessee’s new census numbers are out, counties will soon begin preparing for changes within their borders.