There are two opportunities for Austin residents to be part of redistricting:
Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission
The Commission will draw the boundaries of Austin’s council districts.
Where are we in the process?
Three CPAs were selected for the Panel
Panel selected the 60 most-qualified applicants for the Commission
Each Council Member can strike one application from the qualified pool
City Auditor randomly selects 8 Commissioners from the qualified pool
Commissioners choose 6 more applicants from the qualified pool
Commissioners draw districts
Austin has 10 city council members and a mayor. The mayor is elected by residents citywide and each council member is elected by residents of a geographic district within the city.
Austin has a process for residents to redraw the boundaries of the council districts every ten years. The boundaries of the council districts greatly impact Austin’s government and will shape how residents are represented for the next decade.
Austin residents will redraw the council district boundaries in 2021.
Why Redistricting Matters
Redistricting will change how Austin residents are represented by City Council and shape how we think about our communities.
Austin’s population has grown and changed since the districts were originally drawn in 2013. The new district boundaries may change as well.
Residents who participate will have a chance to meet Austinites across the city and learn more about the city we call home. They will learn about Austin’s history and make important decisions about Austin’s future.
Austin residents voted to elect City Council by geographic district in 2012. Before that vote, six council members and the mayor were elected citywide. Today, the city has 10 districts with a council member elected from each district. The mayor is still elected citywide.
A diverse group of Austin residents determined the boundaries for the 10 council districts in 2013. Since then, Austin’s population has grown and changed. In 2021, a new group of residents will redraw the new district boundaries to reflect these changes.