Austin residents on the Commission have the responsibility of drawing the district boundaries through an open and impartial process. The first group of residents on the redistricting Commission drew the City Council boundaries in 2013.
Austin’s current council districts
Austin’s population is larger and more diverse today. The City needs a new group of residents to draw the district boundaries to reflect these changes and impact how Austin residents are represented.
The residents on the Commission will have access to 2020 Census data. The commissioners will use this data and public input to decide how to draw the new district boundaries and best reflect Austin’s changes. The commissioners must use the following criteria to draw the district boundaries:
Districts should have reasonably equal populations
District boundaries must touch each other
Neighborhoods or communities kept together as much as possible
Districts should be as compact as possible (i.e. nearby neighborhoods not passed up for farther away ones)
District boundaries use existing election precincts and geographically identifiable boundaries as much as possible
District boundaries must follow federal and state laws