UPDATE: Redistricting Roadshow is underway, Louisiana sees population spike of 2.36%

Louisiana Politics

MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Politics redistricting is something that happens every 10 years and allows civic engagement to take place among legislators and the communities they serve. Historically, Louisiana communities have had little or no say in the way their communities are mapped out.

Data from the 2010 and 2020 censuses says there has been a 2.36% increase in Louisiana’s population. The data connected these census counts shows that most of the population growth has been in communities comprised of people of color.

The focus of the redistricting is to make sure that underserved populations get their voices heard. Certain members of the community say that when districts are drawn out fairly, this will result in fair elections. Redistricting allows districts to draw out electrical boundaries and reflect the results of the census. Now, these boundaries may be changed to account for population shifts.

A representative for the Power Coalition for Equality and Justice, Candice Battiste, says “I’m with the Power Coalition for Equality and Justice, we are a state wide community and civic engagement group that focuses on making sure that underserved populations that are usually not heard. We know how important redistricting is because we understand that when we have fairly drawn maps, we have fairly drawn districts and we have fairer elections. We want everyone to understand how important it is to elect candidates of choice and you can only do that if you have a fairly drawn district.”

The Roadshow will continue around the state for the next four months before the Special Redistricting Legislative Session in February of 2022.

MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD)(October 19, 2021 9:05 p.m.) — Louisiana Lawmakers are preparing to start their tour to discuss redistricting across the state. Lawmakers are planning to start their tour at the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Organizers for the tour say legislators are hoping to engage with the public to hear their comments and allow the citizens to participate in the process.

According to a release sent by Power Coalition, a community action group, political redistricting happens every 10 years after the census and it is used as an opportunity to draw new political district boundaries based on the population changes. The Coalition says the goal of redistricting is to create equitable and competitive political districts. The Coalition also makes note that the communities in Louisiana have not had a say in how their homes are mapped out or represented.

“The Redistricting Roadshow is an opportunity for individuals and communities to engage their legislators and testify for fair districts. This is an important point of power for our communities,” says Ashley Shelton, CEO of Power Coalition.

According to the coalition, this roadshow will travel the state for the next four months before holding a Special Redistricting Legislative Session in February 2022.

This week, the Roadshow will be in Northern Louisiana before moving around the state.  The dates for the Roadshow are as follows:

  • October 20: Northeast Louisiana/Monroe
  • October 21: Northwest Louisiana/Shreveport
  • October 26: Acadiana/Lafayette
  • November 9: Central Louisiana/Alexandria
  • November 16: Capitol Area/Baton Rouge
  • November 30: Northshore/Covington
  • December 15: Southwest Louisiana/ Lake Charles
  • January 5: Orleans Metro/New Orleans
  • January 11: Bayou Region/Thibodaux
  • January 20: Baton Rouge

For more information about redistricting and how to get involved, visit powercoalition.org/redistricting.

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