Meeting Watch RTSA

The Pierce County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing and special board meeting Sept. 15 to discuss the tentative plan for county and municipal redistricting, ultimately passing it.

Brad Lawrence, who sits on the redistricting committee, provided a run down of the proposed map followed by GIS specialist Kevin Etherton to discuss the map in more detail.

There were no public comments during the hearing. After the board closed the hearing and returned to the special meeting, supervisors further discussed the presented map.

A question that came up was as to why were rural areas in negative deviation and urban in positive?

“Relative deviation is the percentage of population that a district has either above or below the ideal district size.”

There were three answers from the committee:

The committee wanted to follow municipality lines as much as possible. This reduces the number of varying ballots when election time rolls around.

There are more people in urban areas, so naturally, they will be more condensed.

However, there is a 5% deviation that the committee had to stay within to create “fair” representation and that was successfully achieved.

Municipalities will now be presented the map with the chance to review, adjust and discuss it.

The matter then will return to the Pierce County Board for final approval, Nov.9.

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