There are two opportunities for Austin residents to be part of redistricting:
Wednesday Commission Meetings
The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission meets every Wednesday at 6pm. You can find our September 15 meeting agenda here.
The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold public forums throughout the city from July - October 2021. All are invited regardless of district of residence. You have the opportunity to address the Commissioners by signing up at the event.
Where are we in the process?
Hold a public meeting in each district
Come up with an initial draft of the boundaries
Hold four more public meetings
Propose final boundaries
Hold two more public meetings
Vote on final boundaries
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.
It is now time for Austin residents to redraw the council district boundaries.
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.
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. Now, our ICRC will use your input to draw the new district boundaries in consideration of Austin’s population growth.