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July 7, 2007

JASPER COUNTY VOTING DISTRICTS
Citizens in Jasper County are becoming more vocal about the “layout” of the voting districts.
District 1 and District 2 are the classic example of “gerrymandering.” District 3 seems to be composed of what is left over that the other districts didn’t want. All districts have “fingers” into other districts. The best place to view the voting district map is in the Registrar’s office. There is no map “online.”

Here are the statistics on the Voting Districts in Jasper County:

As of June 1, 2007, Jasper County has 7,465 registered voters with 6,626 of those being active voters and 839 as inactive voters. To be legally correct each district should have 1,493 voters.

District 5, which is represented by School Board member Joy Wild and County Commissioner Robert Yarbrough, has 1,209 active voters.

District 4, which is represented by School Board member Paul Kelly and County Commissioner Greg Johnson, has 1,521 active voters.

District 3, which is represented by School Board member Joel Gaston and County Commissioner Jack Bernard, has 1,871 active voters.

District 2, which is represented by School Board member Phyllis Norwood and County Commissioner Charles Hill, has 999 active voters.

District 1, which is represented by School Board member Bobby Norris and County Commissioner Carl Pennamon, has 1,026 active voters.

Population growth in Districts 3 and 4 has increased the size of these two districts to be more than the other 3 districts combined.

The following figures for inactive and active voters in each district are:

District
Active
%
Inactive
%
Total
District 1 –
1,026
14
141
2
1167
District 2 –
999
13
142
2
1141
District 3 –
1,871
25
185
2
2056
District 4 –
1,521
20
201
3
1722
District 5 –
1,209
16
170
2
1379

Active voters by race as of June 1, 2007 are:

• 1387 Black or 21% of active voters
• 5159 White or 78% of active voters
• 80 Other or 1% of active voters.

During the next census, the districts will have to be realigned to make them more equal.
If the Commissioners and School Board cannot come up with a re-apportionment plan, the courts will draw the lines.

TWG
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