POINSETT CO. ELECTION COMMISSION SETS BOUNDARIES FOR JP DISTRICTS

Friday, November 30, 2001

BY: MICHAEL WILKEY

The Poinsett County Election Commission recently approved the boundaries for all 11 Justice of the Peace Districts for the Poinsett County Quorum Court. As part of the requirements from the 2000 Census, districts were drawn based on the formula, where the county's total population was divided by 11, with a plus or minus 5% variance (margin of error) for each district. According to Poinsett County County Clerk Fonda Condra, increases in population were found in the Trumann area, with four of the 11 seats with all or part of Trumann's population in them. The average population for each district was 2,328 and all districts were within the five percent threshold. The newly redrawn districts are:

* District 1: Harrisburg Rural, with a population of 2,327.

* District 2: Weiner City and Rural, with a population of 2,391.

* District 3: Harrisburg City, with a population of 2,212.

* District 4: Harrisburg, Marked Tree, and Trumann Rural, with a population of 2,246. This district includes Payneway.

* District 5: Trumann City, with a population of 2,437.

* District 6: Trumann City, with a population of 2,326.

* District 7: Trumann City, with a population of 2,317.

* District 8: Trumann, Lepanto, and Rivervale, with a population of 2,221.

* District 9: Marked Tree City, with a population of 2,335.

* District 10: Lepanto City/Rural, with a population of 2,437.

* District 11: Tyronza City/Rural, with a population of 2,365.

A notice placed in last week's Tri-City Tribune states that any comments or questions regarding the plan can be addressed to the Election Commission, in care of Junaway Payne or to Fonda Condra, County Clerk. The County Clerk can be reached at 578-4412. Also, a full-detained map is available for view in the County Clerk's Office in Harrisburg.

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