Citizen redistricting plans due Nov. 1

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today issued a reminder to Tennesseans that the deadline for citizen participation in the redistricting process is approaching. Last month, the Lieutenant Governor made clear his commitment to an efficient and open Senate redistricting process by placing an unprecedented amount of information and data online for use by the general public.

This year’s redistricting process is the first in history to be open to any Tennessee citizen with access to a computer. Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 1.

“I’m so glad to live in an age where both the political will and the technological tools exist to allow this kind of open process,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Armed with the data we have posted online and the appropriate software, individual citizens can draw their own maps and submit them for consideration. I truly hope they will do so before the deadline on Tuesday.”

The guidelines to submit a plan, along with the names and numbers of the regional redistricting coordinators, have also been posted online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/redist/redistricting.html.

Current population data and maps with a graphic representation of current districts are also available and are divided by Grand Division.

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor would also like to encourage citizens to submit their maps to the League of Women Voters’ “Map It Out! contest.

“As a conservative, I appreciate their use of financial incentives to encourage quality work,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “The League of Women Voters have provided a great extra encouragement for citizens and students to get involved in the process.”

For more information on the League of Women Voters contest visit http://tnmapitout.org/.

Filed Under: Press Releases