Shawnee Co. Redistricting Could Affect 12,000

By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- More than 12,000 Shawnee County residents could end up in new commission districts. County Counselor, Rich Eckert outlined a re-districting proposal for commissioners on Monday.

He says 2012 population data from the Census Bureau shows District 1 far outgrowing the other districts.

The area, currently represented by Shelly Buhler, has 5,500 people more than the other districts, prompting the discussions of boundary changes to balance things out.

"No precinct are in a perfect square, they all have a different shape so we have to take these different shapes and take these different populations and try to make them to a point where the districts are as equal as possible," said Eckert.

Commissioners could make a final decision on the new boundaries at Thursday's meeting.


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