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Oct 22, 2012 11:48 PM by Steven Albritton

Redistricting in St. Landry Parish Could Cause Voter Confusion

When November 6th rolls around, some voters in Saint Landry Parish might check confused when they cast their ballots.

The issue is in the maps. When congressional districts were re-drawn, Saint Landry Parish was split into three. Some residents will have different congressmen. Those in the Cankton area will be in District three. District four will be Sunset, Grand Coteau, Eunice and Washington.
Opelousas, Port Barre and Leonville are in District five.

Lena Charles is with the Southern Development Foundation and can see this effecting how people vote.

"The confusion will be resulting in possibly no votes. Either going into the ballot box and not understanding the person you thought you were voting for is not the one you have a selection to make." Charles said.

"Now we find ourselves almost as step children in the whole process when it comes to congressional politics," Opelousas Mayor Donald Cravins said.

Some people believe with three congressmen the parish will have a "bigger" voice in Washington D.C., but Cravins thinks the exact opposite.

"I think if you ask anybody in St. Landry Parish, including but not limited to even elected officials, they probably for the most part can't even tell you who their representative is."

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