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Redistricting considers census data

By Jeri Pearson

Over the next few  months, 100 House and 35 Senate Districts will be redrawn so that each district meets various legal criteria, including each district being about the same size in population. 

Redistricting is required by law once every 10 years after the Federal Census. The Board of  Apportionment is responsible for the process and  only redistricts the Arkansas House & Senate Legislative Seats, not Congressional Seats – which is the responsibility of the Arkansas General Assembly. 

The Board of Apportionment, consisting of the Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General, was created in 1936 by Amendment 23 to the Arkansas Constitution. 

A hearing is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 19 in Jonesboro.

Another hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Jack Stephens Center, 2801 S. University Ave. in Little Rock.

For comments, questions or suggestions, comment forms will be provided at each meeting, or  one may be filled out online at arkansasredistricting.org. 

The hearings will also be live streamed on ARCAN at the following link:  https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arcan/home 

Past Public Hearings were held in Fort Smith, Helena, Hope, Bentonville, Mountain Home, and Monticello.

Videos of the Public Hearings and public comments can be viewed on the website arkansasredistricting.org.

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