Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Redistricting Update

I have started looking at population changes throughout Virginia in the last few weeks. Over the next few months, I will propose what the Virginia electoral map may look like in 2011 after the next redistricting.

Here is some preliminary information that will be used in all my future anaylsis:
Virginia Population: 7,078,515 in 2000 to 8,056,415 people in 2010
Congressional Seat: 643,501 to 732,401 people
State Senate Seat: 176,963 to 201,410 people
House of Delegates Seat: 70,785 to 80,564 people

From what I see right now, Virginia will probably not gain (or lose) a House seat so we will still have 11 Congressional seats after 2010.

I will begin with Congressional districts and work my way down to Delegate seats. We will see how it goes. I will begin with the 8th Congressional District which should be up sometime tomorrow.

2 Comments:

  • At 2/27/2006 2:02 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said…

    Are you sure we won't a 12th congressional seat? We're the 12th fastest growing state in the union, and it looks as though we're going to accelerate that growth over the next few years.

    Right now I'd say no...but it's always possible.

     
  • At 2/28/2006 12:25 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    We had enough population in 2000 for 10.9 seats. We are on track for 11.3 right now. You are correct though that if poulation growth changes we may get one.
    I personally think Virginia's growth will slow in the next five years, but who knows.

     

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