The redrawing of Mississippi’s districts is inevitable.
Before receiving the final population numbers from the U.S. Census this fall, state lawmakers plan to host several public hearings across the state to gather citizens input.
Nine hearings have been scheduled in August with Northeast Mississippi’s meeting taking place on Aug. 6 in Tupelo at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center. The meetings will also be live-streamed on the Mississippi Legislature’s YouTube channel.
According to the U.S. Census, Mississippi is one of three states to lose population since 2010. The preliminary data was released this spring stating Mississippi’s resident population as 2,961,279 people, a decrease of just over 6,000 people since 2010.
The changes will affect the four U.S. House districts, the 52 state Senate districts and the 122 state House districts and could result in representation movement for all current lawmakers. The districts will be redrawn before the 2022 midterms.
Senate Pro Tem Dean Kirby of Pearl is co-chairing the redistricting committee. He told Mississippi Today information gathered from public hearings will help the committee provide a recommendation to the full legislature during the 2022 session on congressional redistricting.
Other public hearings include Meridian, Aug. 5; Senatobia, Aug. 9; Itta Bena, Aug. 11; Starkville, Aug. 12; Natchez, Aug. 16; Gulfport, Aug. 18; Hattiesburg, Aug. 19; and Jackson, Aug. 23.
Lt. Gov Delbert Hosemann said live-streaming the meetings gives those who can not attend an opportunity to learn about the redistricting process.