Jul 9, 2013 8:50 AM by AP
The Walker Board of Aldermen is considering converting its five at-large districts to one at-large and four geographical districts.
The move comes partially in response to a June 25 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required federal preclearance of all voting district changes in certain states, including Louisiana.
City attorney Irys Allgood recommended Monday that the board consider hiring a demographer to divide the city into geographical districts.
Mayor Rick Ramsey, who served as an alderman from 2001 to 2008, said the board had discussed as early as 2001 converting to five geographical districts. He suggested that the board consider one at-large and four geographical districts instead.
The board voted 4-0 to consider the change.