Redistricting 2022

REDISTRICTING/REAPPORTIONMENT

Reapportionment is the redistribution of representation in a legislative body, in our case, the Metropolitan Council for the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, according to changes in the census figures as required by the Constitution.

Reapportionment applies to any "local governing authority, including but not limited to any police jury, city or parish council, or school board which is required under the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States to reapportion its voting districts following each decennial census." (La. R.S. 18:1921)

Louisiana law La. R.S. 33:1411 provides a mandatory six-month timeframe after the official release of the census for all parish governing authorities which provides for the election of its members from wards, districts, or other subdivisions to examine the apportionment plan of its body to determine if there exists any substantial variation in the representation of the election districts and then adopt an ordinance by a majority of its members to either (1) declare its apportionment to be equitable and continue its existing apportionment plan or (2) provide for a new apportionment plan. The law further provides that the boundaries of any election district for a new apportionment plan shall contain whole election precincts established by the parish governing authority under La. R.S. 18:532 or La. R.S. 18:532.1 (La. R.S. 33:1411(C)), unless certain exceptions apply. Additionally, municipalities who are elected by districts, school boards, and city councils shall each examine their respective voting districts under their current apportionment plan to determine whether or not there is a substantial variation. At that time, they will adopt an ordinance either confirming their voting districts are equitable or providing a new plan.

If it is determined that a new plan is needed, the governing body will then meet to discuss possible changes to the voting districts. At this time, some do elect to bring in outside demographers to assist with creating the plan.

When Redistricting Occurs

"Unless a different period of time is specified by the constitution or by statute, the governing authority of each local governing body shall reapportion its voting districts by the end of the year following the year in which the population of this state is reported to the president of the United States for each decennial census." La. R.S. 18:1922

The Plan of Government of the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge requires that the Metropolitan Council shall reapportion itself within one year of the release of the census data. POG 2.01(d). 

EBR Metro Council Plan 1

EBR Metro Council Plan 2

EBR Metro Council Plan 3

EBR Metro Council Plan 3A

EBR Metro Council Plan 3B