Redistricting is occurring throughout the state of Texas from the senate and house to a number of municipalities, including Duncanville. Following the release of the 2010 Census figures it became apparent that the City’s five single member districts, first established in 1984, were imbalanced.
The “one person one vote” premise of the United States Constitution requires that members of an elected body be drawn from districts of substantially equal population. While each City Council district does not need to be exactly the same size, a total population deviation of not more than ten percent in total population between the most heavily populated and the least populated council member district should be achieved based on the most recent census. According to the 2010 Census data, there is currently a fourteen percent deviation in Duncanville’s single member districts.
“Duncanville’s existing districting plan results in population imbalances among the City Council single member districts sufficient to trigger the requirement that the City must redistrict,” said City Manager Kent Cagle.
The City Council has adopted two resolutions to govern the redistricting process. On September 27 the City Council adopted criteria for the redistricting process with the passage of Resolution No. 2011-092706 and established guidelines for persons submitting specific redistricting proposals with the passage of Resolution No. 2011-092707. Both resolutions can be viewed in their entirety at City Hall or by clicking on the links below.
The adopted formal set of criteria serves two important roles. First, the criteria serves as a framework to guide the Council in its considerations. Second, the criteria provides guidance for citizens who want to submit plans and establishes standards by which those plans can be measured.
The City Council will begin the redistricting process with a workshop at 7 p.m. on October 3, 2011 in the Briefing Room at City Hall. A town hall meeting on redistricting has also been scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 17, 2011 in the Library Meeting Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd.
City Council Workshop–Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Briefing Room at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road
Town Hall Meeting–Monday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Rooms, 201 James Collins Blvd.