Austin Redistricting Group Asks: How Should We Draw District Maps?
Last November, Austin voters approved a plan to fundamentally change the city’s elections and form of government: Right now, all City Council members run citywide and represent all of Austin. But after the passage of Prop 3, beginning next year, they’ll be elected by district.
The group of Austinites charged with drawing those districts – the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission – held its first public input meeting in East Austin last night. And they got plenty of feedback.
If there was one thing all speakers agreed on, it was that the commission should abide by the best practices – like keeping communities whole, neighborhoods united within districts. But the commission’s task of defining those communities and neighborhoods may be the hard part.
You can listen to KUT’s spot on the meeting in the player above. Interested in having your say? The commission is holding three more public input meetings this month:
- Saturday, Aug. 17, Little Walnut Creek Branch, Austin Public Library
- Wednesday, Aug. 21, Travis County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bldg.
- Wednesday, Aug. 28, Austin Community College South Campus