BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana State Legislature will hold a public forum on Tuesday, January 11 at the Nicholls State University Cotillion Ballroom in Thibodaux to talk about the redistricting process.
The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will also be viewable online.
The legislature says the purpose of the forum is to “explain the process of redistricting, raise awareness of its importance, and to engage public participation.”
Redistricting is the process in which states with more than one representative in the United States House of Representatives divide residents into congressional districts. After a census, districts are redrawn so that each congress person represents roughly the same number of constituents.
In Louisiana redistricting also affect the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the state Supreme Court, and the state legislature.
Louisiana’s congressional district map has been the target of at least two lawsuits in recent years alleging that the current map does not fairly represent the state’s population.
State legislative staff will also discuss the census, redistricting law, and population trends.