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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER)

Young County Commissioners pass new voting district plan

The Texas Election Code dictates that Texas counties make a periodic assessment of their political boundaries to determine whether the boundaries retain a “one-person-one-vote” balance. The Young County Commissioners Court held a public hearing Nov. 15 for the review of proposed redistricting.

In the initial assessment of Young County written by Allison, Bass and Magee, L.L.P., who represents Young County, the firm suggests any statistical change of population between the 2010 and 2020 census more than 3%, plus or minus, will indicate a potential need for reapportionment. Anticipating future shifts in population is also a factor the commissioners are advised to consider.

Another factor that could require redistricting is the percentage difference of population in the largest and smallest districts. A total maximum deviation of 10% or more requires redistricting.

State law limits the size of election precincts of not less than 100 registered voters, and not more than 5,000 registered voters per election precinct, with some exceptions based on the size of each county population.

The Young County Commissioners Court, during a called meeting and following a public hearing, voted on a new districting map. One member of the public was in attendance for the public hearing and declined to comment during the hearing.

While the voting district boundaries are typically based on population, the commissioners also took a stronger consideration to road milage within their precincts.

Young County Judge John Bullock presented two proposals for discussion in the form of maps. According to Bullock, the second proposal came at the request of Precinct 3 commissioner Stacy Rogers.

For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 1 edition of The Graham Leader.

The Graham Leader

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