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Redistricting in East Baton Rouge Parish – a modest proposal

East Baton Rouge Parish is now the most populous parish in Louisiana, with 440, 171 residents. Its governing body is a 12 member Metrocouncil, whose members all come up for re-election next year. Even though redistricting will be performed “in house”, we thought it would be useful for its citizens to see a plan drawn up from an outsiders point […]

Louisiana Legislative Redistricting 2011 – Part 4 (Metro New Orleans)

In this final installment, we would like to discuss the changes to House and Senate districts in metropolitan New Orleans. Though, as of the time of this writing, Senate and House plans are both headed to Governor Jindal, there is always the possibility that the Justice Department could still reject the lines even if signed […]

Louisiana Legislative Redistricting 2011 – Part 3 (Florida Parishes)

In this installment, we would like to discuss the changes to House and Senate districts in the Florida Parishes with the strong caveat that there may still be last minute changes to the lines by either chamber. There is also the ever present possibility of a gubernatorial veto, and the Justice Department could still reject […]

Louisiana Legislative Redistricting 2011 – Part 2 (Southwest Louisiana/Bayou Country)

In this installment, we would like to discuss the changes to House and Senate districts along the coastal parishes/southwestern region of the state with the strong caveat that there may still be last minute changes to the lines by either chamber. There is also the ever present possibility of a gubernatorial veto, and the Justice […]

Louisiana Legislative Redistricting 2011 – Part 1 (North and Central Louisiana)

In this installment, we would like to discuss the changes to House and Senate districts in North and Central Louisiana with the strong caveat that there may still be last minute changes to the lines by either chamber. There is also the ever present possibility of a gubernatorial veto, and the Justice Department could still […]

Louisiana Legislative Redistricting 2011 – Introduction

Every 10 years, states are required to redraw the districts lines for federal, state, and local officeholders. Because Louisiana is one of four states (Virginia, New Jersey, and Mississippi are the others) to have legislative elections this year, redistricting of legislative districts takes on an added urgency this year.

Congressional Redistricting in Louisiana – a modest proposal

The loss of a Congressional seat in Louisiana has complicated the redistricting picture. We have considered the “will of the people” as reported by the media in public/committee hearings, and as such, we have a Congressional reapportionment plan that attempts to please as many of the critics as possible. Specifically, we have heard the following feedback: