Lamar County Board votes on redistricting plan

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Lamar County Board of Supervisors have finalized their proposed redistricting plan. When the 2011 census numbers were released, District Two Supervisor Ben Winston was at odds with the rest of the board, as to where the lines should be drawn and if a minority district was possible.

Winston apologized Thursday at the public redistricting meeting to the other four board members for causing any controversy and also said, "With all of the challenges that we went through, I am glad that our relationship is still in tact."

All five Supervisors voted to adopt the plan, which will affect about 2,100 residents. Most of the people live in Districts 2 and 5 in the northeast portion of the county.

Board President Joe Bounds said, "It was a challenge, a big challenge at that. We looked at the map, we had the numbers and we tried hard to make the district stay further to the south, but where the numbers are it was impossible. It just would not work."

The biggest shift on the map shows 1,600 residents moving from District 5 into District 2. District 4 will lose 500 people to District 3. District 1 will remain the same.

The plan will now be sent over to the Justice Department for further review.

They have 60 days to approve or deny the plan.