Redistricting likely to begin in January but that won't stop potential candidates

08/31/2011 05:53 PM

Redistricting may be the General Assembly’s most political process, when every 10 years a handful of lawmakers help decide on the political fate of their peers.

Lawmakers must re-write the legislative and congressional lines before March to give candidates enough time to file to run for those office. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that the General Assembly won’t approve the new maps until the 2012 session begins in January — not in a special session before then.

The normal candidate filing deadline would fall in the end of January but lawmakers might have to move it back to March, state Sen. Dan Seum of Fairdale told Pure Politics.

In the meantime, prospective challengers are itching to find out which districts they might be running in — and, thus, which incumbents they would face. And legislative leaders insist that they won’t base the redrawing of districts on protecting incumbents.

Here’s Pure Politics’ report on redistricting and how it might affect several districts in the Louisville area:

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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