WV Redistricting Task Force Gets Comments on Single-Member Districts

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
Calls for 100 single-seat districts in West Virginia

Courtesy: West Virginia Legislature

Calls for 100 single-seat districts in West Virginia's House of Delegates turned into a recurring theme at a Charleston public hearing on the state's ongoing redistricting process.

A number of speakers at Wednesday's meeting of the Senate's redistricting task force advocated for single-member districts.

The forum is among a dozen scheduled by the task force around the state. It's already visited Martinsburg and Wheeling this month. It heads to Fairmont Saturday.

More than 70 people attended the Kanawha County Courthouse hearing. Thirteen of the task force's 17 senators were on hand, as were other lawmakers.

Population shifts detailed by the 2010 Census mean changes to the state's legislative and congressional districts. Kanawha County may end up sharing one of its two-seat Senate districts with one or more neighboring counties.

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