City of Arlington Creates Redistricting Task Force; Applications Accepted Through July 6, 2021
By Office of Communication
Posted on June 16, 2021, June 16, 2021

Redistricting Task Force

The City of Arlington is seeking applicants to serve on the newly created Redistricting Task Force, which will assist with advising the City Council on matters related to modifying the boundaries of Arlington’s five single-member City Council Districts in response to the 2020 U.S. Census.

Arlington residents who are interested in serving on the Task Force between August 2021 and February 2022 must submit an application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The City Council will appoint members to the Task Force on Aug. 3. The Task Force will include nine voting members as well as two ex-officio members, one of whom is a representative from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and one of whom is a representative from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Click here to apply to serve on the Redistricting Task Force. The application is available through a link at the bottom of the page.

Redistricting is the process of updating single-member district boundaries every 10 years in response to new Census data. The Arlington City Council is made up of five Council members elected from single-member districts as well as three Council members and the Mayor who are elected at-large. During the redistricting process, the boundaries of the five single-member districts will be updated so that they have approximately the same number of residents. It is anticipated that the City Council will approve Arlington’s updated Single-Member District Map prior to the May 7, 2022 General Election.

The Task Force’s work will be accomplished over the course of several meetings, most of which will occur following the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of redistricting data, which is expected by September 30th. As part of its mission, the Task Force will study and discuss the current district configurations; receive input from the community; and prepare recommendations on criteria, guidelines for submission of plans, and a recommended plan for the City Council’s consideration. The Bojorquez Law Firm, a consultant for the City, will work with the Task Force on its advisory work and presentation of recommendations.

Click here to learn more about the Arlington City Council and to view the City Council District Map, which is based on 2010 Census data.

 

Elections
News, Government, City Council, Headlines