Williamson County Commissioners Court approves redistribution map
November 12, 2021
Williamson County Commissioners Court has approved a new constituency redistribution map for justices of the peace, officers and commissioners. Counties are required to review new census data to ensure that the population is distributed evenly every ten years.
The 2020 United States Census showed Williamson County’s population to be 609,017, a 44 percent growth since 2010. The redistribution requirement is to allocate 25 percent of the population to each of the four constituencies in the county with an allowable 10 percent deviation from the target of 152,000 people.
“Over the past decade, Williamson County’s growth has been mostly concentrated in the western part of the county. Both ridings two and three exceeded the population target while ridings one and four needed more. residents to make the ridings as uniform as possible, ”said Ward 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey.
Due to delays in releasing 2020 census data by the US Census Bureau to the states for redistribution, the timeline for undertaking a redistribution in Texas has been truncated this year. This delay had a ripple effect on local governments. Texas Governor Greg Abbott promulgated the four state maps on October 25, 2021, limiting Williamson County’s time to complete the work needed to finalize the proposed changes. Constituency lines were drawn to evenly distribute the county’s population and to align with the four state-drawn maps and census blocks. This is one of the reasons why the county boundary lines are not always straight.
In addition to an already short deadline, on November 2, Williamson County learned that the deadline for submitting new boundary boundaries to the Secretary of State would be November 13, 2021. This new deadline shortened our deadline. than a week and limited the time we could receive comments from the public, “explained Commissioner Covey.” Despite the compressed time, I appreciate all those who took the time to comment on the proposed map. ”
Next, the Williamson County Commissioners Court will change the constituency or electoral district boundaries in the county. In order to meet the deadlines associated with the primary elections of March 1, 2022, all commissioner tribunals must approve changes to the electoral district boundaries by December 30, 2021. The changes will take effect for the elections of January 1, 2022.
To view the new map, go to www.wilco.org/redistricting2021.