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Nebraska works to redistrict following Census

(Jared Austin)
Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 9:18 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska reworks district lines every census year to keep representation even and balanced. The state is seeing a continued increase in urban area populations and a decrease in rural areas.

Both Grand Island and Kearney are among the cities seeing quite a bit of growth.

The change in districts will go from having roughly 36,000 people to around 40,000 people.

For Grand Island Senator Ray Aguilar, he was excited to see the growth in his area and to now represent more people.

“I think with the new maps I’m looking at, we’re going to grow a little bit to the north,” Sen. Aguilar said. “We’re going to pick up some areas over by the airport and a bit beyond that.”

Maps are not finalized yet as representatives are continuing to debate future plans. They ask for patience from the public as they work on this.

“It’s a challenging task and we have a very short period of time to do it,” District 33 Senator Steve Halloran said. “Normally this whole process would take place during the 90 day session. In the last session we had, the census numbers hadn’t come out yet and it forced us to push it to a special session.”

If they don’t vote by Saturday, the special session will end and this issue could potentially delay the state’s 2022 primary election in May.

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