CLEWISTON -- Hendry County Attorney Mark Lapp updated commissioners that redistricting opportunities will be coming up within days.
The news came during the regular HCBOCC meeting Aug. 10 when Lapp announced the U.S. Census Survey is expected to be released to the public this week.
“The Census was delayed from spring to now which prevented us from working on it until now,” he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic was to blame for the delay.
Every 10 years the federal government surveys and counts the U.S. population which is then used to provide services and representation for constituents.
It is best known for how states use the information to redistrict their states based on population size, income, and other variables to reapportion House, Senate and Congressional seats. Local governments use them for the same purposes.
Steven McCormick, county GIS coordinator, said that once the information is available, it will be entered into existing maps to check for any possible changes in boundaries.
“We may have to make some logical boundary adjustments,” he said, adding he hopes to have a draft available by the next BOCC meeting in September.
Lapp said he’d consult with the Hendry County Supervisor of Elections before proceeding with any requests for boundary changes but invited commissioners to contact him with any preferences in the meantime.