Redistricting

We are postponing all December meetings of the Redistricting Task Force. We anticipate that the Task Force will be holding its next meeting in January and that the City Council will be adjusting its redistricting schedule accordingly.

Background on the redistricting process

In 2016, Fort Worth voters approved an amendment to the City Charter to increase the number of City Councilmembers from nine to 11 following the completion of the 2020 Census. The Task Force on Race and Culture in December 2018 recommended the goal of ensuring that the City Council reflects the diverse communities that it represents.

In August 2020, the City Council appointed a Redistricting Task Force and charged them with “Evaluating the criteria and procedures by which the City Council has redrawn Council district boundaries in the past and, accordingly, advising the City Council about redistricting criteria and procedures that the City Council should use in the future.”

In March 2021, the Redistricting Task Force presented 10 criteria for redistricting. The task force also suggested that software training be provided to residents who are interested in the redistricting process, and that proposed redistricting plans submitted by residents be analyzed and presented to the City Council.

The group urged transparency in the redistricting process by requiring all map drawing to occur at public meetings, with computer screens visible to all parties.

From June – November 2021, training sessions were help throughout the city. Training was provide in-person and through an online video.  All maps submitted by the November 12 deadline are posted online.  Staff also provided an evaluation for each map to identify criteria that was met. 

Task force members

In August 2020, the City Council appointed a Redistricting Task Force and charged them with “Evaluating the criteria and procedures by which the City Council has redrawn Council district boundaries in the past and, accordingly, advising the City Council about redistricting criteria and procedures that the City Council should use in the future.”

Task Force members include:

August 2020 – March 2021

Place 1                  Lorraine Miller (Chair)

Place 2                  Salvador Espino               

Place 3                  Graham Norris                  

Place 4                  Craig Allen                         

Place 5                  Bert Williams                     

Place 6                  Linda Kennedy

Place 7                  Tony DeVito                      

Place 8                  Tracy Scott                         

Place 9                  Kent Bradshaw 

Place 10                Bill Schur

Place 11                Teresa Ayala

In October 2021, the Task Force was once again asked to assist in the redistricting process by serving as the group that would evaluate maps and select a map for public comment and review. Some task force members were no longer able to serve, so new members were appointed.

October 2021 – January 2022

Place 1                  Bill Schur

Place 2                  Sal Espino (Chair)

Place 3                 Graham Norris

Place 4                 Janna Herrera

Place 5                  Bert Williams (Vice Chair)

Place 6                  Linda Kennedy

Place 7                  Tony DeVito

Place 8                  Lucretia Powell

Place 9                 Kent Bradshaw

Place 10               Ossana Hermosillo

Place 11               Dr. Whitnee Boyd 

Please send any questions and comments for the Task Force to FWConnection@fortworthtexas.gov.  

 

After months of meetings and public input, the Task Force presented their recommendations to the City Council.

High Priority

1. Approximately equal size: Population of largest district less than or equal to 10% more than population of smallest district.

2. Compliance with the U.S. Constitution, Voting Rights Act, Texas Constitution and other applicable laws, with no packing or minority voters, no fragmentation of minority communities and no retrogression in ability of minorities to participate in electoral process.

3. Create minority opportunity districts, in compliance with federal law, to reflect growing diversity of city. Such districts – in which African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities collectively represent 50% or more of the voting-age population – are intended to create opportunities for fair representation rather than to promote electoral outcomes. Electability is a function of many factors, including candidate qualifications appeal to voters, voting-age population, voter registration and voter participation as well as demographics characteristics.

4. Contain communities of interest in single districts, with community of interest defined as “a local population with shared socio-economic characteristics and political institutions that would benefit from unified representation.” Communities of interest may include neighborhoods, groups of neighborhoods, school attendance zones and similar geographic areas.

5. Contiguous territory. 

Low Priority

6. Compact districts, with goal of Polsby-Popper ration greater or equal to 0.050. If any proposed district yields a compactness score that is less than 0.050, then a detailed justification must be stated.

7. Identifiable geographic boundaries, such as streams, railroad tracks and highways. To the extent possible, dwelling units that are located on opposite sides of the same residential street shall be assigned to the same district.

8. Contain while voting precincts.

9. Contain while census blocks or block groups.

10. Do not consider place of residence of incumbents or potential candidates. 

     

 

Redistricting Mapping

An important feature of the redistricting process is the opportunity for interested residents to use a software program to prepare their own proposed district maps in accordance with the City Council’s adopted criteria.

The city help in-person and virtual training for residents from June through November 12.  All maps that were submitted for review are posted.  The Task Force will look at these maps to determine which map will move forward for public comment.

 

Communities of Interest

What is a community of interest?

A community of interest is “a local population with shared socio-economic characteristics and political institutions that would benefit from unified representation.” Communities of interest may include neighborhoods, groups of neighborhoods, school attendance zones, and similar geographic areas.

Why is a community of interest important?

Keeping communities of interest together is an important principle of redistricting. At the recommendation of the Redistricting Task Force, City Council adopted Resolution No. 5375-04-2021, which establishes communities of interest as a high-priority criterion for redistricting.

Communities of Interest were asked to register with the city before September 15.  This map shows the communities of interest who registered before the deadline, and were used in the redistricting process. 

Communities of Interest Map

Redistricting Schedule

 

Date

Time

Location

Activity

October 19

7 p.m.

Council Chamber

City Council adopts resolutions reactivating the Redistricting Task Force and amending redistricting procedures.

October 21

9 a.m.

City Hall Room 2020

City Council conducts special work session to produce proposed map.

November 2

11 a.m.

Convention Center Room 200

City Council and Task Force conduct joint work session

November 2

1 p.m.

City Hall Room 2020

City Council conducts special work session to produce proposed map.

November 12

5 p.m.

N/A

Deadline for residents to submit proposed maps.

Staff assesses extent to which each resident map meets adopted criteria and discusses its findings with pertinent residents. Staff prepares its own proposed map, highlighting features from resident-produced maps.

November 16

1 p.m.

City Hall Room 2020

City Council conducts special work session to produce proposed map.

November 17

1 p.m.

City Hall Room 2020

Staff briefs Task Force about proposed maps prepared by residents, City Council and staff. Task Force evaluates these maps with respect to adopted criteria.

December 2

3 p.m.

City Hall Room 2020

Task Force meets if necessary to complete evaluation of proposed maps.

December 8

6 p.m.

Council Chamber

Task Force conducts public hearing on proposed maps.

December 10

2 p.m.

City Hall Room 2020

Task Force discusses proposed maps and selects initial map for City Council consideration.

January 4

1 p.m.

City Hall Room 2020

Task Force presents initial map at City Council work session.

January 11

4 p.m.

Council Chamber

City Council conducts public hearing before considering changes to initial map.

January 18

9 a.m.

City Hall Room 2020

City Council conducts special work session to consider changes to initial map and produce proposed map.

February 2

6 p.m.

TBD

City Council conducts public hearing on proposed map.

February 3

6 p.m.

TBD

City Council conducts public hearing on proposed map.

February 7

6 p.m.

TBD

City Council conducts public hearing on proposed map.

February 10

6 p.m.

TBD

City Council conducts public hearing on proposed map.

February 15

9 a.m.

City Hall Room 2020

City Council conducts special work session to produce final map.

February 22

10 a.m.

Council Chamber

City Council adopts final map.

 

      

Maps submitted for consideration

 

 

You can also view these maps online at CFW Maps Arcgis

You will need to set up an account on the software platform in order to view the maps.

 

The task force also suggested that software training be provided to residents who are interested in the redistricting process, and that proposed redistricting plans submitted by residents be analyzed and presented to the City Council.

The group is urging for transparency in the redistricting process by potentially requiring all map drawing to occur at public meetings, with computer screens visible to all parties.

 

Redistricting Video

Meetings

 

 

Redistricting 101 information