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Knox County Commission approves redistricting plan
On Nov. 10, 2011, the Knox County Commission approved new district boundaries for theCounty Commission itself and the Knox County Board of Education.  Redistricting is not rezoning.  For the first time, the district boundaries for both elected bodies fully align. See Map below for new District Boundaries.

The process of legislative redistricting occurs every ten years following the release of decennial population data by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Often times, a county will experience population growth or decline during the 10 years between censuses, and unequal distribution of population can occur, resulting in some legislative districts failing to meet one of the most fundamental democratic principles: equal representation, or "one person, one vote."
  
Redistricting is the mandated process occurring at federal, state and local levels that rebalances population between districts to restore equal distribution. Within Knox County, three legislative bodies with district-based representation are required to redistrict. These include Knox County Commission, Knoxville City Council and Knox County Board of Education.

 


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