Thursday, September 27, 2001

Dems blast census in district debate

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — The redrawing of legislative boundaries to reflect new population figures is shaping up, once again, as an extraordinarily contentious undertaking for the General Assembly.

        Democrats on Wednesday called for federal officials to release estimated census figures from statistical sampling. It is a technique to counter what they view as a flaw of a straight head count — the “undercounting” of some population groups, including the homeless, rural poor and undocumented aliens.

        The census “should be an accurate snapshot of our nation, one that captures all the racial, ethnic and social diversity that makes our society strong,” Sen. Ernesto Scorsone, D-Lexington, said in a news conference.

        The Senate's top leader said later that Democrats want to buy time. “This is all subterfuge to put off redistricting,” Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, told the interim joint State Government Committee.

        Democrats hope to undo the GOP's 20-18 Senate majority in next year's elections. Mr. Williams said Democrats then would draw district boundaries to favor themselves and punish Republicans.


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