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Drafts of redrawn districts go to City Council


A major shift in population is setting up what could be a redistricting scuffle among the Savannah City Council.

The latest U.S. Census numbers were used by the Metropolitan Planning Commission to come up with new district lines - based on population and demographics. The drafts were presented to the City Council on Thursday.

Some City Council members are not happy with what they see, but redistricting is something they have to do.

The City Council had already been working with the MPC on those redistricting lines, populations numbers and the demographic makeup of the districts. There were some major shifts.  

The largest shift in population occurred in District 5. The Alderwoman Estella Shabazz was pleased with what she saw. She said there are other aldermen who are concerned about their districts that border District 5. She said she will absolutely work with Alderwoman Mary Osborne and Alderman Van Johnson and plans on meeting with them in the near future.

These are just draft versions of the redistricting lines and population distribution. According to the charts, Districts 1 and 2 saw the most significant changes. Now, while the population numbers are even across the board, District 5 gained a large number of non-white residents. Districts 2 and 3 gained large numbers of white residents and their city representatives don't think that is accurate. 

 "It is primarily African-American. Now, because we have to make shifts to get the population number - the 22,000 number - up. It's pushing us in top areas where it is changing that dynamic and we need a balance," Osborne said. 

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