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Williamson County News

Public Comments Wanted on Redistricting

Jun 9


6/9/2011 9:27 AM  RssIcon

Williamson County has grown 69 percent in the past decade according to the 2010 Census. This increase in population means that Williamson County must redraw its precinct boundaries in order to ensure each of the four commissioner, justice of the peace, and constable precincts has approximately 25 percent of the County’s population, and precinct lines comply with election laws.


A draft of the new Williamson County commissioner, justice of the peace and constable precinct lines has been created and is now available for the public to review and provide comments from May 24 to June 21, 2011.  The Commissioners Court will review all comments and approve a final draft of the precinct lines in mid to late July.  Maps are then sent to the United States Department of Justice for review.  If there are no objections, the plan is adopted and the changes are effective January 1, 2012.  Voters will receive new voter cards at that time.


The Redistricting Committee followed several criteria in deciding upon changes.  The most important criteria being that each precinct should target having 105,670 people, or 25 percent of the County’s total population.  Other criteria included:
• Creating geographically compact precincts
• Preserving existing precinct boundaries when possible
• Reducing splits of local government entities
• Reducing splits of city single-member districts
• Moving boundary lines to major roads and natural features
• Keeping elected officials in their precincts
• Keeping elections precincts within a minimum of 100 and maximum of 5,000 registered voters
The maps are available to review online at www.wilco.org/redistricting and a form is available to provide comments.  For those without internet access, several public libraries in the county provide it including the following:

Georgetown Public Library
402 W. 8th Street
Georgetown, TX  78626

Round Rock Public Library
216 E. Main St.
Round Rock, TX 78664

Cedar Park Public Library
550 Discovery Blvd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Taylor Public Library
81 Vance Street
Taylor, TX  76574

Copies of the maps and comment forms also are available during the comment period in the following County buildings:

Historic Courthouse
710 S. Main Street
Georgetown, TX 78626

J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex
1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78664

Cedar Park Annex
350 Discovery Blvd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Justice Court, Precinct 4
211 West 6th Street
Taylor, TX 76574

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