Activists Abruptly Stop Local Redistricting Process – Request Additional Hearing


SAN ANGELO – Local activists delayed a vote on once-a-decade redrawing of voting precinct maps Tuesday at a mandatory public hearing held by Tom Green County Commissioners. 

The court was set to adopt a new county precinct boundary map required but the U.S. Constitution every ten years following the official U.S. census.  

Tom Green County Judge Steve Floyd said Tuesday that the court hired the Allison-Bass Law Firm to use advanced mapping software to aid in the redrawing of the precinct maps based on population, minority density, shared community issued and a host of other requirements.  

The county has already held two public hearings to take input from the public on the new maps that will decide where voters cast ballots and who represents them as County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace and Constable. 

Preliminary reports indicate census data shows that Pct. 3, the Grape Creek area, has grown by approximately 3,000 people in the last ten years while the northeast quadrant of the county, Pct. 1, including the Veribest area has lost population over the last ten years.  Commissioners are charged with redrawing precinct boundaries to keep the population and minority percentages as equal as possible in each of the four precincts.  For example, if there are 100,000 people residing in the county, the precinct boundaries should be drawn so each precinct has 25,000 people.  

While changes to precinct boundaries in Tom Green County may seem trivial, the political reality of the county could have an impact for the next decade.  The four County Commissioners and the County Judge are Republicans, as are all 27 of the elected officials in Tom Green County.  Minority groups and party activist out of power could see the redrawing of precinct boundaries as political.  

San Angelo National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Shirley Spears addressed commissioners Tuesday.  Spears said that some people who might be interested in the redistricting process might not have the opportunity to attend a meeting during the day like the Commissioners Court meeting held Tuesday morning because they are at work.  Spears requested the Court hold one final hearing after hours.  

After a short discussion, the court agreed to hold a public hearing Friday night at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners Court room to take additional public input on the proposed new maps.  

The only substantive change proposed to the map would move voters from Pct.3 to Pct.1 in the area bounded by Junius St., Howard St., Webster St. and Hassell St. in west San Angelo.  

See the map below: 


Area Proposed for Redistricting 2021 (Contributed/googlemaps)

Area Proposed for Redistricting 2021 (Contributed/googlemaps)

Commissioners are required to approve the new maps by Saturday, Nov. 13.  The new maps have to be in place because they will be used for the March 1, 2022 primary elections.  

The court will take final action on the new maps after taking public input Friday evening at the special called meeting.  

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I see Shirley is at it again. I wonder if she’s going to tell people to “take off their sheets” ;)

Speaking of “dwindling” have you taken a look at your boy Biden’s approval rating?

So sad ;)

Oh no! What’s Pelosi going to do bring Trump up on impeachment charges again lol.

"Either way Democrats don't worship their leaders like republicans do"

How funny, and hypocritical at the same time, since you're here EVERY day bad mouthing Trump, who by the way isn't at fault for the $3+ a gallon gas, the shortage on food, the lack of people working (or employed), and the crazy amount of immigrants looking for a country to invade. All the while you praise Sleepy Joe who can't even hold his facilities during a speech. I see you worship him and the government every day like is some type of religion to you, which by the way you call a mental disorder.

I am also very certain that every liberal worshipped the ground Obummer walked on too until he left you pennies to spare and the worst recession in recent US history. 

“I don’t support everything that Biden or other democrats do”

Why is that are they not far enough to the left for you? You are right about one thing. Biden is no Trump just look at the sorry state our country is in right now ;)

“Presidents can’t control gas prices”

You’re the one who doesn’t know what you’re talking about! The reason gas prices are so high, at least here in the U.S., is because Biden shut down the Keystone pipeline…which not only caused the loss of thousands of high paying jobs, but made us more dependent on foreign sources instead of being “energy independent” like we were under Trump.

The part you’re missing is it’s ALL intentional. It’s called the “nudge theory”. The plan is to wean us off of fossil fuels in order to bring about the socialist Green New Deal. Obama even admitted to as much when he said gasoline prices would “necessarily skyrocket” in order for “change” to occur.

To be fair, found out a federal judge blocked Biden’s suspension on new oil and gas leases on federal land. Not sure what their plan is going forward lots they can do still.

Biden has pretty much painted himself into a corner. If he bows down to the progressive wing of his party and lowers production, then gas prices are going to go up even more which is something he obviously doesn’t want ahead of the midterm elections ;)

“Ok, so tell me EXACTLY what Trump did to make this happen.”

I would be glad to explain it to you, except a better question would be what is Biden going to do…because when his incompetent energy secretary was asked the same question, all she did was laugh it off ;)

"Republicans griping and crying about gas prices to cover up the fact they are going full blown nazi;"

Demanding everyone take a jab or lose their job is being "full blown nazi", also so is using all caps and raging like a little bitch.

"Go back to your book burning, the democratic party is the joke, it's failing and you know it."

There I fixed your sentence for you. Since democrats are responsible for almost all of the cancel culture and history offenses this decade and the last one.

That was cancel the dixie chicks not American History and rename schools because our feelers are hurt,  oh and how ironic you call us word twisters haha thats the pot calling the kettle black. Your so two faced you don't know which ones yours!

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