Monday, August 8, 2011
The 2011 redistricting plan and the realignment of voting precincts for St. John the Baptist Parish were pre-cleared by the Department of Justice. The October 2011 elections will be conducted with the Re-apportionment Plan, Alternate 1C, adopted at the April 26, 2011 Council Meeting.
In choosing the “right” plan for St. John Parish districts, South Central Planning coordinated meetings with Parish Officials and the public to ensure all suggestions were included. With an increase of over 2800 in St. John Parish’s population since 2000, there was a substantial increase in the deviation of all the districts which lead to population shifting. Three alternatives were developed and presented at all meetings for input.
Alternate 1C was selected from the three alternatives for approval as it provided for somewhat of a commonality of interests and addressed the concerns of the elected officials and the public. “Residents are encouraged to review the newly adopted voting districts as several have changed. The time to review them is now as they will be used in the upcoming October elections,” stated Parish President Natalie Robottom.
"The plan was developed in a transparent manner and the public can be assured that all of the requirements set forth by the Department of Justice have been met. Alternate 1C seemed to be the most advantageous of all alternatives,” stated Kevin Belanger with South Central Planning in a message thanking President Robottom and the St. John the Baptist Parish Council for their cooperation.
A copy of the 2011 Re-apportionment Plan is available for review at the Council Office, the Edgard Courthouse, and online at www.sjbparish.com.
Local Elections for Parish President, Parish Council, Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Assessor, State Senator, and State Representative will take place October 22, 2011 with run-off elections taking place November 19, 2011. Residents are encouraged to register with the Registrar of Voters Office by September 21, 2011. Early voting will take place October 8-15, 2011.