GONZALES — Ascension Parish has submitted its redistricting plan to the U.S. Department of Justice, but the public still has time to offer comments on the plan to the federal agency.

The plan establishes boundaries and voting precincts for the 11 Parish Council districts in Ascension, officials said in a news release this week.

The plan, which a parish consultant said was delivered July 5, was developed by the council after several public hearings during the past three months.

Parish officials said they expect to receive preliminary federal clearance of the redistricting plan within the next 60 days.

Once the Justice Department grants approval, the parish would distribute new voter registration cards, parish officials said. If pre-cleared by the federal agency, the plan would establish new districts for council races on the Oct. 22 primary election ballot.

View the document at http://www.ascensionparish.net and at courthouse locations in Gonzales and Donaldsonville. Public comments on the plan may be submitted to the Office of the U.S. Attorney General by email to vot1973c@usdoj.gov, or by postal mail to Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7254 – NWB, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20530.The submission number is 2011-2499.