Next software training for redistricting map proposals: Aug. 9

Published on August 06, 2021

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The next opportunity for residents to try their hand at redrawing Fort Worth’s council district boundaries using population data from the 2020 census will take place 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9 at Highland Hills Recreation Center, 1600 Glasgow Road.

Free training sessions are part of a years-long effort that will result in the City Council being reconfigured from nine to 11 members.

After the Aug. 9 training session, another is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 21, at Lighthouse Fellowship, 7200 Robertson Road.

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. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer. Staff will also have a limited number of computers available for use during the training. Submit questions about the training and redistricting. 

In addition to the training sessions, redistricting information will be available online and at an ongoing series of open houses this summer. See the schedule of remaining open houses. 

During this period, residents may also register communities of interest for redistricting purposes.

Background on the redistricting process

In 2016, Fort Worth voters approved an amendment to the City Charter to increase the number of City Council members 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 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.

In addition, the task force requested a joint work session with the City Council, to be held sometime in the fall after the U.S. Census Bureau releases block-level population data from the 2020 census. The Census Bureau is expected to release these population counts by Sept. 30, 2021.

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Photo: The Fort Worth City Council’s reconfiguration from nine to 11 members will be based on census data to be released in the coming weeks.

 


 

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