Fort Bend Co. commissioners extend redistricting to special Friday meeting

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Posted 11/4/21

On Thursday, October 4, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court held a special meeting to review the submission of redistricting maps by the public and county court members.  Following a brief …

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Fort Bend Co. commissioners extend redistricting to special Friday meeting

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On Thursday, October 4, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court held a special meeting to review the submission of redistricting maps by the public and county court members.  Following a brief recess, during the 10:00 a.m. special meeting, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers made the motion to extend the deadline to review new submissions of county-drawn maps until Friday, November 5, at 9:30 a.m.  The motion passed in a 4-1 vote. 

Fort Bend County Judge KP George and County Commissioners began the redistricting process back in September which includes redrawing Commissioner, Constable, and Justice of the Peace precincts.  

Every ten years in the United States, a count is taken of the total number of people who reside within the nation. As a result of the data received from the census, where there have been significant shifts in population density, leaders throughout the country are required to redraw political boundaries to balance political representation at the local, state, and federal levels through a process known as redistricting. 

Fort Bend is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Its population increased nearly 40% from 2010 to 2020 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Redistricting is a constitutional responsibility that has great consequences on every community in the nation.

The next special meeting will be held on Friday, November 5, at 9:30 a.m. at the Fort Bend County Historic Courthouse, 401 Jackson St, Richmond, TX 77469.

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