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2011 Redistricting
Smith County 2011 Redistricting
On Tuesday, April 26, the Commissioner’s Court received the 2011 Redistricting Initial Assessment of the county commissioner precincts. This information was presented by David Mendez from the firm Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, based upon the recently released federal census data for Texas.

The criteria for redistricting includes adopting precincts of relatively equal size, with identifiable boundaries, such as highways; maintaining communities of interest and neighborhoods; ensuring precincts are contiguous;


Smith County 2001 Commissioner Precinct Map
and maintaining existing representation while complying with the Voting Rights Act. The new lines must adhere to the 1965 Voting Rights Act which was designed to protect minority voters.

The Smith County population grew to 209,714, according to the Census Bureau. The ideal population for the four commissioner precincts is 52,429.

David Mendez presented redistricting “Plan A” to the commissioner’s court Tuesday, May 19. Mendez’s initial information showed Precinct 1 experienced significant growth and is more than 10 percent above its ideal population, while Precinct 4 needs about 9.5 percent more population. Each commissioner precinct must be within 10 percent deviation from the ideal population. The new population numbers create a 19.5 percent imbalance. This plan will address the imbalance and bring Precinct 4 under the 10 percent threshold.

The United States Constitution requires election districts, from U.S. Congress to local school boards, to have about equal population after each census.

The Smith County commissioners court will hold public hearings on June 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. inside the Smith County Courthouse Annex, 200 E. Ferguson St.

To view information concerning the 2011 Smith County Redistricting Plan, select the View Documents tab below.

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Documents concerning Smith County Redistricting

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Smith County Redistricting - Notice of Public Hearing
Smith County Redistricting Plan
Smith County 2001 Commissioner Precinct Map
Initial Assessment considering 2010 Census data.
Smith County Illistrative Plan 1 Report
Smith County Illistrative Plan 1 Large Map
Smith County Illistrative Plan 1 Overview Map
Notice of Submission of Redistricting Plan
 

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