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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
As city populations rise and fall, and shift – trends reflected in U.S. Census Bureau data – municipalities are tasked with redistricting their city council boundaries. And in one Arkansas city, new software helps with the process.
Redistricting determines how a city’s local school board, city council, state legislative and congressional districts are drawn, according to a report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Current Census data is used to reshape lines and boundaries of electoral districts within a state – a process that impacts all levels of government.