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Texas lawmakers ask for public input on voting maps

State lawmakers announced Thursday that they’re seeking input for the redistricting process in...
State lawmakers announced Thursday that they’re seeking input for the redistricting process in the Texas Legislature.(staff)
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 9:52 PM CST
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - State lawmakers announced Thursday that they’re seeking input for the redistricting process in the Texas Legislature.

Every ten years, lawmakers use census data to re-draw voting districts in the state.

It’s long been known as a contentious topic. Every map since the 1960′s has been challenged in some way in court, and a group of lawmakers even fled to Oklahoma to prevent a vote on maps they felt were unfair back in 2003.

This year, with COVID-19, residents feared that public input would be limited throughout the process.

Instead, the Texas Senate Redistricting Committee set up a series of virtual public hearings, each one focusing on a different region in the state. Those looking to speak may sign up for a time to join the Zoom call, and make their voices heard.

The virtual hearings will start on Monday, January 25th, and the regions are as follows:

Monday: West Texas

Tuesday: South Texas

Wednesday: North Texas

Thursday: Central Texas

Friday: East Texas

To sign up to speak at the hearings, click here.

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