Fort Worth hosts meetings on redistricting where public can weigh in
Redistricting happens every 10 years, following surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau. The census shows changes in population and demographics.
State and local officials then use those figures to redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries, so that each district has approximately the same number of people.
That process generally involves a task force which studies the current districts and solicits feedback via meetings with the community, then changes districts to reflect the current numbers.
The goal is to get districts updated in time for elections in May 2023.
Fort Worth began its process in late 2021 but put it on hold for a review by the City Council. Now the process resumes, with a series of meetings, plus opportunities for the public to weigh in. It'll end with the adoption of a new redistricting map in late March.
Here is the schedule of redistricting activities:
- January 6, 3 pm - City Hall Room 2020. The task force will evaluate proposed maps and select the top five for further review by outside legal counsel. Any member of the public who wishes to address the task force during the public presentations portion of the meeting must register by noon on the day of the meeting. Registered speakers may speak in-person or via call-in option. To register as a speaker, contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817-392-6161.
- January 13, 6 pm - City Hall Council Chamber. The task force will conduct a public hearing on the proposed maps. Any member of the public who wishes to address the task force during the public presentations portion of the meeting must register by 4 pm on the day of the meeting. Registered speakers may make their comments in-person or via call-in option. To register as a speaker, contact Melissa Brunner in the City Secretary’s Office at 817-392-6156.
- January 24, 2 pm - City Hall Room 2020. The task force will discuss proposed maps and select an initial map for City Council consideration.
- February 1, 1 pm - City Hall Room 2020. The task force will present an initial map at the City Council work session.
- February 8, 4 pm - City Hall Council Chamber. The City Council will conduct a public hearing before considering changes to the initial map. The public may address the City Council either in person or by phone.
- February 15, 9 am - City Hall Room 2020. The City Council will conduct a special work session to consider changes to the initial map and to produce a proposed map.
- February 21, 24, 28, and March 3. The City Council will conduct four public hearings, one for each pair of existing adjacent council districts. All four hearings will be at 6 pm, at locations to be determined.
- March 22, 9 am - City Hall Room 2020. The City Council will conduct a special work session to produce a final map.
- March 29, 10 am - City Hall Council Chamber. The City Council adopts the final map.