• 46°

Redistricting plan presented: Expert says each council district should 4,192 residents

By Staff
Mitch Freeman Madison County Record
Redistricting could mean changes for each of Madison's City Council districts, according to an expert hired to examine the topic.
A redistricting consultant hired by the city of Madison presented the first draft of a plan to redistrict the city during the regular April 28 council meeting.
Mike Slaughter, senior planner for Bridge &Slaughter of Oxford, Miss., presented their initial proposal to redistrict the city.
Slaughter pointed out that the high variance between the "ideal" population in each district, as compared to the actual population in each district. According to Slaughter, the current deviation between ideal and actual for district three is 31.2 percent and is 84.5 percent for district seven.
According to a demographic analysis chart prepared by Bridge &Slaughter, Madison's population in 2000 was 29,341. The ideal population in each of the seven districts is 4,192.
Slaughter said the variance between ideal and actual population should be less than 10 percent. Only district five was in that category at a 2.2 percent variance.
Slaughter said that care was taken to preserve the minority voting voice.
Next steps call for adoption of the plan by the city council, submission of the adopted plan to the justice department for review and approval, and implementation of the plan by the city.
The general council consensus was that detailed maps for each district are required for individual council member analysis. Slaughter agreed to provide the maps.
The maps will be updated to include annexations and will be made public for input from Madison residents.
As a minimum, a map is to be located at the Madison City Complex for public viewing. The council determined that the city clerk's window will be the central collection point for public input.
There was concern among council members that the eventual redistricting plan would not be implemented in time to affect the next local elections. The council must go through the process of review and adoption of the plan. Then, the justice department could take up to 60 days to decide the fate of the proposed plan. And, Madison County officials will have to pull together revised voter rolls.
"This plan will last us for the next 10 years. I want my district to be all it can be. I will not be rushed because of an election," district on council member Cynthia McCollum said.
Slaughter is expected to return to the May 12 city council meeting to collect public input.

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 28, 2024

James Clemens High School

German program at James Clemens impresses national group

Madison

Triana welcomes opening of Smithsonian exhibit

Huntsville

Thomas Fleming wins American Legion Oratorical Contest

Harvest

Try Spring Break camp at Fantasy Playhouse or botanical garden

James Clemens High School

Flagg, McDougal accepted in State Superintendent’s Art Exhibit

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones Blue Knights take Overall Championship in Hazel Green

Bob Jones High School

Madison claims first-place wins in All-Girls State Chess Championship

Madison

Madison Fire & Rescue responds to second baby surrender through Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

Robertson finds ‘perfect fit’ as Special Education Coordinator

Liberty Middle School

Liberty’s Mardi Paws Parade raises funds for shelter animals

James Clemens High School

11-day tour to Korea, Japan in summer 2025 open to Madison teens

James Clemens High School

Players eager for 2024 Grade-Level City Chess Championship

Harvest

‘Brews for Enable’ at Yellowhammer to benefit Enable Madison County

Bob Jones High School

MCCL members, teams grab awards at Rookie Rally

Madison

State board lauds Heritage in ‘Top 25 Percent Schools’ for Alabama

Harvest

Parker composes, performs and mentors songwriters in lifetime of music

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC named Grand Champions at Hoover

Bob Jones High School

TVA’s School Uplift grants can reduce energy costs and improve campus

Bob Jones High School

Warm-up Quads on Feb. 24 to prepare players for City Chess Championship

Liberty Middle School

Chander, Grieve, Rajput win national awards in PTA Reflections

Bob Jones High School

Knights of Columbus’ donations buy pods for MCS Special Education

Madison

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 14, 2024

x