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. The newly disadvantaged could also include a prominent Republican leader: House Speaker Joe Straus.

 

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.

Inside Intelligence: About More Redistricting...

Texas Weekly

For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about one of the thorniest issues at the intersection of politics and government: Redistricting. Whether lawmakers should wade back into it, who benefits from longer court fights, whether the courts will side with the Republican Legislature, and what maps will be used in 2014.

Map: Not All Voting Age Populations Are Equal

Having each House or Senate district match the others in size masks big differences that greatly affect politics and elections. Though districts have the same number of people, they don't necessarily have the same number of adults — meaning not all voting age populations are equal. 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.
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.

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.

Updated: Supreme Court Begins Oral Arguments on Section 5

Leading up to Wednesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, lawmakers said the decision on whether to uphold Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will affect progress that propelled minorities to more equal ground in Texas. The court will decide if Congress overstepped its authority when it reauthorized the landmark civil rights legislation for 25 years.

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, with Republicans strongly in favor of ending the required permission of the federal government.

Bill Would Count Prisoners Differently in Redistricting

Resuscitating a small part of the 2011 redistricting battle, two lawmakers have filed bills requiring the state to count prisoners at their last home address rather than where they are incarcerated. They say it cheats urban districts out of represenatives and favors rural areas.

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?