Covington plans redistricting based on census data
Just as the state recently did, Covington’s council of mayor and aldermen is due to redistrict after the 2020 census results are released.
Demographics showed that there were about 100 more residents in District 2, so the city had to change the district lines to make them even again.
The subcommittee did so by relocating 110 residents from the northernmost part of the city, to District 1, City Councilman Ronnie Neill said.
“The gap is now around 4.88%,” he said. “You must be within 10%.”
Two complete census tracts have been moved in order to remain compliant with redistribution laws.
“It was the easiest way to move without a lot of internal movement to some of the other districts, breaking them up and separating them,” said District 3 Alderman Danny Wallace, who is part of the subcommittee. . “And he came up with the correct numbers that we were looking for.”
The consensus of the sub-committee is to go ahead with the proposal. During Tuesday’s finance and administration committee meeting, Alderman John Edwards, who is one of two aldermen representing District 1, objected to the proposed change.
“I’m always concerned that the council reflects the demographics of the city,” he said. “This may be a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and I would like to ensure that our redistricting is legal.”
The city intends to seek the legal opinion of its attorney before voting on the recommendation. Neill said the city would be within the population gap, but its demographics may also need to be considered.
Council meets next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.