Tribpedia: Redistricting

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Redistricting is the revision or replacement of existing representative districts. It results in new districts with different "lines" or geographical boundaries. The purpose of redistricting is to equalize population in state and congressional districts after publication of the United States census, and to ensure that minority populations are considered. 

Redistricting in Texas is mandated by the Texas Constitution of 1876 ...

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.

Sharper Elbows in a Special Session

The comity of the regular session might disappear in a special session: The rules change to the disadvantage of the Democrats, and the agenda changes to the advantage of the governor.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, announce legislation to modernize the Texas Open Meetings Act on March 7th, 2013. the bill will be filed today by Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin
Attorney General Greg Abbott, announce legislation to modernize the Texas Open Meetings Act on March 7th, 2013. the bill will be filed today by Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin

Will Lawmakers Leave When the Session Ends?

Texas Weekly

A perfect time for speculation: The legislative session isn't quite over, and the political season hasn't quite begun.

Map: Not All Voting Age Populations Are Equal

Having each House or Senate district match the others in size masks big differences in voting age populations that greatly affect politics and elections. Use our maps to explore the numbers and see how House and Senate districts compare to statewide averages.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

On Voting Rights Act, Texans Follow GOP's Lead

It’s easy to admit that those other states need some federal oversight, but here in Texas? Get out of town.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Polling Center: The Partisan Split on Voting Rights

Overall, Texas voters — by a slight majority — believe the federal government should continue oversight of the state's changes in election laws, according to the October 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But partisans are split.

State Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, reacts to learning he picked a four-year term in the Senate term lottery on Jan. 23, 2013.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, reacts to learning he picked a four-year term in the Senate term lottery on Jan. 23, 2013.

Senators Draw Lots to Determine Terms

The Texas Senate relied on chance Wednesday to determine which of them would serve for four years and which would serve for two years. For some legislators, the luck of the draw could have bigger political implications.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Texas Officials Seek End to Federal Election Oversight

Texas Weekly

The U.S. Supreme Court may determine the fate of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that became an Achilles' heel for Republican lawmakers this year. That could free Texas from federal oversight in election laws. 

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, listens to a response from Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, at TribLive on June 1, 2012.
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, listens to a response from Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, at TribLive on June 1, 2012.

A Democrat Challenges Straus on Redistricting

Texas Weekly

If a federal court decides that the state intentionally discriminated when drawing its new political maps, is it more difficult for Texas lawyers to argue against Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act? And is it fuel for the constant struggle over the leadership of the Texas House?