URBANA — In Might, the Champaign County Board authorised a brand new map of its 11 districts designed to maximise minority voters’ influence in future elections.
Now the board has been offered with another choice — a brand new district map tweaked by 2020 Census knowledge and with three, moderately than two, majority-minority districts.
The brand new map was the work of County Govt Darlene Kloeppel and an advisory panel.
Underneath this proposal, District 8 — which incorporates central Champaign and Urbana — joins districts 6 and 11 to the north as one other majority-minority district.
The so-named “fairness” map authorised by the board’s Democratic majority in Might over Kloeppel’s veto was drawn — together with different map proposals thought of — earlier than the outcomes of the 2020 Census have been obtainable.
The board isn’t compelled to take any motion on Kloeppel’s new proposed map, however a public listening to should be held on it, she mentioned.
Kloeppel is advising that the listening to be scheduled earlier than the board’s subsequent committee-of-the-whole assembly Oct. 12, with a vote on the map occurring on the Oct. 21 common board assembly.
Her proposed map will increase the sizes of districts 2, 4 and 5 to equalize inhabitants development and reduces the geographically giant District 3 to a extra moderately compact dimension, Kloeppel mentioned.
It additionally decreases the variance between the highest- and lowest-population districts from simply over 17 % to a variety of 6.7 to fifteen.03 %, she mentioned.
Board member Aaron Esry, a St. Joseph Republican representing District 3, mentioned he likes the truth that Kloeppel’s new map would make his district a bit extra compact.
It appears to be like like also-large District 1 would even be extra compact within the new proposed map, he mentioned.
“All in all, I believe it’s a greater map than what we at present have,” he mentioned.
Board Chairman Kyle Patterson, who developed the fairness map the board authorised in Might, couldn’t be reached for remark Monday.
The redistricting course of have to be performed every decade to stability adjustments in inhabitants.
The county board is at present divided — and would stay so below each the authorised map and newly proposed map — into 11 two-member districts. Democrats at present have a 14-8 majority.