Liberty County commissioners approve redistricting map

The new map for Liberty County's four road and bridge precincts is defined by four colors - red for Pct. 1, blue for Pct. 2, purple for Pct. 3 and yellow for Pct. 4. The red lines show the current boundary lines before redistricting.

In a 3-1 vote on Tuesday, Oct. 26, Liberty County commissioners approved the new map for the county’s four road and bridge precincts.

The biggest changes are that Hull and Daisetta will now be part of Pct. 1, Cleveland will be split among two commissioners and a section on the far southwest side of the county near the upcoming River Ranch community will also be part of Pct. 1. Pct. 2 remains the biggest precinct as it is more rural and less-populated than the other three precincts.

Working with the law firm of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, county commissioners held workshops in recent weeks where they hashed out ideas for the precinct boundaries. While some of these negotiations were heated, they continued working through the process until they came up with a final map that met with the approval of Pct. 1 Commissioner Bruce Karbowski, Pct. 2 Commissioner Greg Arthur and Pct. 4 Commissioner Leon Wilson. Pct. 3 Commissioner David Whitmire, whose precinct’s land mass is shrinking considerably as his total population has grown, was the only dissenting vote.

Redistricting is required every 10 years to ensure there is equal voter representation in each precinct. With Liberty County’s population at 86,994, the goal for commissioners was to create precincts with roughly 21,749 residents. While some may argue that the county’s population is much higher than reported, it is the Census numbers on which redistricting must be based.

Future or projected growth, and prison populations cannot be factored in. Minority populations also cannot be split to fracture their voting power.

Before the redistricting map is adopted, a public hearing will be held on Nov. 2.

To get a close-up view of the precinct boundaries, click here:

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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