Representatives with Austin-based law firm Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP presented the committee with two options for redrawing the boundaries Tuesday. By the end of the meeting, the committee had called for two more options to be studied.
The preliminary maps were built using 2010 census data, keeping in mind an ideal size of 27,174 residents is the goal for each district.
Option 1 presented a skewed range of white population percentages with a low of 39.46 percent in District 2 and a high of 51.45 percent in District 4, City Council and RAC member Bridget Yeung said during the meeting. The Asian population was unbalanced as well with a high of 43.82 percent in District 2 and a low of 27.98 in District 4, Yeung said.
One portion of the criteria for redrawing boundaries includes compliance with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which calls for avoiding discrimination.
Although Option 2 presents more balanced figures, a concern among committee members included the division of Telfair.
Two more plans are being presented this afternoon with suggestions to make a Brazos River district area in one plan. The second additional plan will look at redrawing District 1’s southern boundary down to Hwy. 59; including all of Telfair in District 4; keeping Greatwood and New Territory together; and including Sugar Creek in District 3.
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