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|Jury elections delayed until spring|
Police Jury elections in Concordia Parish will not be held until the spring of 2012, Parish Planner Oliver Schulz said Monday.
He said the redistricting plan for the parish was not submitted in time for the U.S. Department of Justice to review and approve.
"Concordia is not on its own," Schulz said. "Only 14 police jury plans in the whole state have been approved and the deadline for approval for the fall elections is this week."
He said there "will be very few police jury elections this fall."
Schulz said "the problem is this happens during every decennial census on an election year. We didn't get the numbers from the census until April and then you have to have to get your redistricting plan to Justice 60 days before the end of August."
He said the Jury's reapportionment plan wasn't approved by ordinance until June 27. That had to be followed by publication of public notices of the plan in the official journal, Schulz said.
"It was basically too late by the time it was passed," Schulz said. "You have to have it adopted and approved in time to give the Registrar of Voters time to send out all notices for people to vote in the election and to give out changes."
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