Commissioners approve final redistricting map

Commissioners approve final redistricting map

Erath County commissioners met Monday and approved the final map for the congressional redistricting done by the state. This is the final step in the redistricting that began in July 2011.

The redistricting was done, according to the Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade's office, to better represent the growing population of Texas. According to state documents, the redistricting will better represent voters and have changed due to information from the 2010 census.

Many have spoken out against the redistricting as it divides not only counties in Texas but also cities and towns and even, in some rare cases, homes. According to county officials, the lines are a mess and create more confusion than they help.

County Judge Tab Thompson told the court that these district lines have been approved by the state and all the issues with voter cards and commissioner precincts have been worked out.

"Now we are just waiting on the final approval from you all before we notify the state," he said. "If you have any questions or concerns, now is the time."

County officials have been going over the redistricting lines and preparing for the changes for several months, pending the final say from the courts. Now, with the passage of the measure, the new districts become official.

The line separating District 25 and District 11 runs almost through the middle of FM 205/2157 (Lower Granbury Rd.), the line splits Clark Field Municipal Airport in half as it runs over to State Highway 108 (Graham Street). From there, the line runs along Highway 67 and up Second Street (by the new Super 8 Hotel) to Hyman, then to First Avenue to Long Street to Alexander back to First then up Washington and back to Ollie and continues to zig-zag through town until it reaches the Lingleville Highway and back to Hwy. 108 (Graham Street).

Currently, District 25 is represented by Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D] and District 11 is represented by Rep. Michael Conaway [R].

What is most frustrating about the redistricting to local officials, as well as many across the state, is the fact that, according to Andrade's office, the lines could change again in the next two years.