Citizens can learn about state, federal redistricting at upcoming training

Texas State Capitol in Austin, TX
Lawmakers will begin the state and federal legislative redistricting process in 2021. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lawmakers will begin the state and federal legislative redistricting process in 2021. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

In 2021, lawmakers will begin the process of redrawing state and federal legislative districts. Citizens can learn more about what that process entails and its repercussions at a Nov. 9 training in Richardson.

The event—hosted by the League of Women Voters, the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Fair Maps Texas Coalition—is intended to mobilize the community ahead of several public input hearings on the redistricting process.

Lawmakers are depending on citizens to show up to these hearings and provide input on the unique geographic and demographic characteristics of their neighborhoods, according to information from the League of Women Voters. Feedback will influence how the Legislature draws boundaries.

Hearings are tentatively scheduled for Collin County on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Official notices can be found here.

At the training Nov. 9, citizens can receive help on preparing testimony to deliver at the hearings. The first section, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., will include a panel discussion on the census and redistricting. It will be followed by an hour-long training.


Featured guests will include David Jones from Clean Elections Texas; Robert Lowry from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas; and Elizabeth MacNamara, the former national president of League of Women Voters.

Those who would like to get a head start on preparing testimony can familiarize themselves with the redistricting tool box and testimony guides at www.fairmapstexas.org/events.

The event will take place in the Richardson Room of the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Ste. 102, Richardson. To register, visit this link.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that state Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos, D-Richardson, would be in attendance for the training. She is now unable to participate and will be replaced by David Jones from Clean Elections Texas.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.