Texas is beginning the process for the 2021 re-drawing of state and federal legislative districts. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Texas House Redistricting Committee is planning Public Input Hearings for the 2021 redistricting across the state. Public comments at the Committee hearings will be used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries. The focus of public testimony is to provide suggestions about improving the redistricting process and information about a region’s unique geographic and demographic characteristics from those residents most familiar with their own neighborhoods. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders across all kinds of government decisions.
Why people should testify at the public input hearings:
1. This is your chance to influence the next round of district maps.
2. We need to create a record for future litigation. Remember preclearance is gone, which means gerrymandering is about to get much worse in 2021.
3. We need to call out the problems that were seen in the 2011 round of redistricting to make sure the same mistakes aren't being repeated. A federal judge has already cited these problems in a recent hearing for bail-in, which essentially means that the state has been put under watch. These problems are highlighted in the TX Civil Rights Project's testimony templates (see below).
by League of Women Voters of Texas
for an Honest and Open Process
by Texas Civil Rights Project