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Congressional Redistricting Process Underway in Mo.

Brad Choat
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Audience members listening to testimony during the Missouri Senate's Select Committee on Redistricting hearing held March 4, 2011 at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Audience members listening to testimony during the Missouri Senate’s Select Committee on Redistricting hearing held March 4, 2011 at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – How’s the chair of the Missouri Senate’s special committee on redistricting approaching the task of whittling the state’s Congressional map down from nine districts to eight?

Republican Scott Rupp of Wentzville held a public input hearing, Friday, in St. Louis, “It’s basically a giant puzzle, and it’s a big math problem. You don’t listen to the partisan wrangling on either side, and  just do what’s right for the people of Missouri.”

Rupp says the 2010 census figures didn’t do his group any favors, “We see definite population shifts, which makes our job even more difficult. We’re trying to find the population for a Congressional line (about 749,000 people in each district) and make it as contiguous as possible.”

Rupp says St. Charles County and southwest Missouri had large population growth, while St. Louis County remained nearly the same, and St. Louis city lost residents.

Several at the St. Louis input session asked Rupp’s committee  to do what it can to protect  the voting rights and interests of the city’s African-American population.

Lawmakers have until May 14th to decide on the new Congressional districts.

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