State Sen. Jimmy Jeffress, D-Crossett, predicts that portions of Lincoln, Cleveland and Desha counties will be added to senate District 24 when the redistricting process is complete. The final redistricting maps will be released Tuesday.
“What I think is going to happen is (state Sen. Jerry) Taylor’s district will be absorbed by all of the surrounding districts,” Jeffress said. “I think eastern Cleveland, Star City in Lincoln, and all of Desha except Dumas, will end up in District 24.”
District 24 currently covers all of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, and Drew counties and the southwest corner of Desha County.
Because of the population loss in the southeast corner of Arkansas over the last 10 years, District 24 will have to grow geographically. Ideally, each district should have a population count of 83,311. District 24 has a population count of 68,804.
The Arkansas Board of Apportionment will release of the final redistricting maps on July 19. A final public hearing is set for July 25 in Little Rock. Four days later, the board, which is comprised of Gov. Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and Secretary of State Mark Martin, will vote on the final maps.