Last week, the redistricting plan that Morgan City decided for its city council districts after months of meetings and deliberations received tacit approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“The Attorney General does not interpose any objection to the specified change. However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object does not bar subsequent litigation to enjoin the enforcement of the change,” wrote T. Christian Herren Jr. of the Department of Justice in a letter to Mike Hefner, chief demographer for Geographic Planning and Demographic Services.
Hefner was the consulting demographer who worked for several months on Morgan City’s redistricting process. Changes of the racial composition of the city from the 2000 census to the 2010 census effectively forced an expansion of District 3, the majority-minority district.
The following city block areas will be new to District 3:
—The area between Bowman Street and Terrebonne Street and between Federal Avenue and Sixth Street except for the part between Terrebonne and Egle streets.
—The area between Spruce and Marguerite streets and between Elm and Sixth streets.
—The area bound by Lakewood Drive and Pine, Marguerite, and Elm streets.
—The area bound by Freret Street, La. 182, and Sixth and Seventh streets.
The following areas were formerly in District 3 and will be in District 2 for the next election:
—The area bound by Everett Street, Duke Street, La. 182, and 7th Street.
—The area bound by Third Street, Fourth Street, Duke Street, and Railroad Avenue.
—The area bound by Fourth Street, Freret Street, US 90, and the US 90 off-ramp to Freret Street.