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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Supervisors still struggling over redistricting puzzle

Competing redistricting plans presented at a hearing last Thursday have a lot in common: both recognize that supervisor’s District 1 has gained the most in population from the year 2000 to 2010, putting it out of balance with the other four districts; both keep District 5 as the largest geographically; and both bring the aggregate deviation below 10 percent, as is recommended.
Both the plan developed by Cleveland attorney Ellis Turnage and one presented by Melvin and Marilyn  Young on behalf of the Tunica County Redistricting Committee also effect the biggest change in District 2, represented by Cedric Burnett.
Burnett questioned Turnage about his plan’s drop in black voting age population in District 2, from its existing 78.2 percent to a proposed 64.6 percent.
“You said (your plan) wouldn’t decrease the chances of re-electing black candidates,” Burnett remarked. “The current is 78 percent and it decreases to 64 percent; that’s not decreasing?”

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