Monday, October 03, 2005

Population Loss Altering Louisiana Political Landscape

Just a heads up to today's story in the New York Times that reports the first reliable figures on population shifts and population loss in Lousiana.

As Thad Hall speculated over at electionupdates, and I wrote here, it is now clear that:

  • Louisiana will lose one or two Congressional seats as a result of displacement after the hurricane
  • The racial composition of Louisiana's congressional districts will change substantially, if not tremendously, as African Americans relocate to more northerly and nortwesterly parishes
  • The overall result will be to reduce the number of Democratic seats in Congress potentially by two.

Still unanswered, also a topic that Thad and I worried about before, is how election officials are going to handle these new and displaced voters.

Story can be found here.


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