The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors held a public Redistricting Hearing on Monday, June 6, 2022. Supervisors, Constables, School Board, Election Commissioners, and Justice Court Judges are elected from each of the five election districts.
DeSoto County’s District boundaries are to be geographically redrawn every 10 years in line with the county's population as reported by the U.S. Census. Supervisors are required by law to oversee redistricting to meet the requirements of equal representation.
During the hearing, consultant Chris Watson, with Bridge and Watson, presented four redistricting maps (Alternate 1-Alternate 4) for the public and Supervisors to consider. You can click here to view the maps. (Note – a few people received an older version of the Alternate 1 map. The correct map is linked here.) Two community groups also submitted maps for consideration.
Hernando Alderman Andrew Miller expressed concerns over maps that moved the Hill Street area of Hernando from District 5 to District 4 and could result in polling location changes for those residents. In response, Supervisors asked Mr. Watson to make some adjustments to Alternate 1 map. Once those adjustments were made, the Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the updated Alternate 1 redistricting map. The map and legal description will be presented to Supervisors during the June 20th Board meeting.