Redistricting Takes Center Stage
New District Maps Will Reflect Recent Census Data, Respect the ‘One Man, One Vote’ Principle; Keep Communities Together
Earlier this week, House leaders unveiled concept maps that reflect the “one man, one vote” standard set forth by the United States Supreme Court. Many voters will be interested to learn about the new districts they will be voting in for all State and Congressional races, and the proposed maps—which must be approved by the House and Senate before receiving the Governor’s signature—are online and available to the public.
The U.S. Constitution requires a census be taken every ten years of all persons within a State’s borders and mandates that all voting lines be updated to reflect population shifts.
The House concept maps maintain the same number of majority minority districts in the State and create a minority coalition district in southern Davidson County. These standards will ensure minorities always have a voice in the General Assembly, a principle Republicans were committed to protecting. Moreover, six new legislative districts were created to balance regions that have seen a high rate of growth over the last ten years.
The concept maps cap a process that was historic for its transparency and openness. The Speaker and House Leadership took concrete steps to ensure the public had input throughout the process by creating a legislative website to provide feedback on redistricting, as well as opening a hotline where Tennesseans could provide opinions about the reapportionment process. All maps are expected to be finalized early in the legislative session.