Hammond approves redistricting plan

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The City Council has approved a redistricting plan based on 2010 U.S. census findings showing Hammond has more than 20,000 residents.

The Advocate reports the council chose a plan developed by Redistricting Inc., a Baton Rouge company that specializes in drawing voting district maps that comply with federal and state regulations.

Bill Blair of Redistricting Inc. told the council the new districts reflect population shifts primarily in Council Districts 4 and 5. Blair said an "ideal district" should contain 4,003 residents. District 4 fell below the ideal mark while District 5 had more residents than the ideal.

Each district, to comply with federal and state regulations, cannot vary more than 5 percent, Blair said.

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