Redistricting brings criticism, controversy

Betty Q. Hixson
Jesse Mayshark

New U.S. Census figures lead to redistricting for state, local and national representatives, and pending redistricting efforts have also brought about some criticism and controversy.

At a recent online meeting of the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Jesse Fox Mayshark, a reporter with Compass in Knoxville, talked about the different ways redistricting is likely to be done in Tennessee and what he considered its likely impacts. Compass is described on its website as a subscription-only website and newsletter that “provides news, insights and analysis of Knoxville and Knox County government, politics and business.”

“Redistricting is a pretty fascinating topic, and it’s been interesting to watch both at the state and national level in the past few months,” he said, adding that redistricting maps for the U.S. Congress and Tennessee Legislature were sent to the legislators for “what will probably be a speedy adoption” by the end of January.

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