Controversy over redistricting maps

NOW: Controversy over redistricting maps

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- County commissioners may have voted 2-1 in favor of the newly proposed maps Tuesday, but at a public meeting Wednesday council members expressed their concerns on why they don't feel the proposed maps should pass.

“To lump a vast majority of minorities into one district I am extremely concerned with that. And, there again that’s why I make reference to a possible violation of the voting rights act," said Rafael Morton, County Council President.

The population has only increased 2.2 % overall since the last time the county maps were created back in 2011. Council members say they’re most concerned the proposed maps are unconstitutional and a potential violation of the Voting Act. While they initially believed commissioners would be able to work together to create fair and equitable maps, they say they’re disappointed on where the vote ended on Tuesday. Council president Rafael Morton says despite much opposition he doesn’t expect commissioners will change their vote come Tuesday.

“If that vote stays the same, 2-1 in favor of the maps as they are currently drawn our only recourse would be litigation," said Morton.

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