Tribpedia: Redistricting

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 ...

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.

Joe Straus
Joe Straus

You've Got Mail, Mr. Speaker

Texas Weekly

The letters dribbling into House Speaker Joe Straus' mailbox raise questions about the House's redistricting last session, but that's just a way for his rivals to raise questions about his leadership. 

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?

Democratic U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett smiles while talking with an Austinite at a community event on August 27, 2011.
Democratic U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett smiles while talking with an Austinite at a community event on August 27, 2011.

You Thought Redistricting Was About the Candidates?

It's easy to forget that redistricting and the Voting Rights Act are about voters. But sometimes, the voters jump up and remind you. Texans in Hispanic districts have been voting pretty consistently for Democrats, but not necessarily for Hispanic Democrats.

Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.
Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 129

In this week's special edition of the Tribcast, taped live before an audience at the historic Cactus Cafe, Reeve, Emily, Julian and Ben talk about Texas primaries, the Supreme Court taking up the Arizona immigration law and The Colbert Report.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Abbott Stands By Legal Fights With Feds

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Attorney General Greg Abbott has 24 lawsuits pending against the federal government, but taking a stand in court isn't cheap. Some of Abbott's opponents argue he's wasting taxpayer money.

Rep. Burt Solomons R-Carrollton, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, during meeting on June 2nd, 2011
Rep. Burt Solomons R-Carrollton, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, during meeting on June 2nd, 2011

Texas House Committee Debates Size of SBOE Districts

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The 15 members of the State Board of Education share three staffers and at times must travel hundreds of miles to meet with constituents. At a hearing on Tuesday, the House Redistricting Committee heard debate on whether members can adequately represent such large districts.

Texas Gets a D+ in Public Integrity Study

Texas scored a 68 out of 100, coming in at 27th place in a national state integrity study. The state got high marks for auditing and for monitoring pension funds, but not as high for accountability of the governor and legislators.

State Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville officially announcing on March 8, 2012, his switch to the Republican Party.
State Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville officially announcing on March 8, 2012, his switch to the Republican Party.

Where Republican Math Gets Complicated

Texas Republicans are stuck, having won as many seats as it is possible to win by elections or by creative political mapping. But the solution is simple: Since Hispanic voters in Texas are among the groups protected by the federal Voting Rights Act, Republicans have to draw Hispanic districts and then win them.