Population shift requires Trustee district boundaries to be redrawn

May 11, 2012

Because of Northside ISD’s dramatic population growth between 2000 and 2010, federal law requires that the boundaries be redrawn for Board of Trustee voting districts.

The Voting Rights Act says single-member districts, like those in Northside ISD, must be redrawn if the federal census indicates a deviation of 10 percent or more between the most populated district and the least populated district.

From 2000 to 2010, Northside ISD grew by almost 165,000 people, and total population is now 516,430, according to the U.S. Census. The majority of that growth has occurred on the far northwest side, outside of Loop 1604.

Northside ISD is divided into seven single-member districts, and the residents who live in those districts each elect a Board member. Per the Voting Rights Act guidelines, each of NISD’s single-member districts should now contain about 73,776 residents, based on the 2010 census.

Northside ISD currently is in the process of developing new boundaries to comply with the law and to maintain minority strength among the voting age population. The goal is to draw election districts that:

  • Contain similar total population size
  • Contain contiguous and compact geographic areas
  • Use easily identifiable geographic features as boundaries
  • Maintain communities of interest and minimize dividing neighborhoods
  • Follow county precinct boundaries when possible
  • Consider the residential location of current Trustees
  • Evaluate minority strength in terms of voting age population.

 

A series of public hearings will be held so that community members can learn about the proposed boundaries and provide input. NISD must submit the boundary proposal to the Department of Justice for final approval.

Once approved, the new district boundaries will take effect for the May 2013 Trustee election. Districts 5, 6, and 7 are up for election in 2013; districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 are up for election in 2015.

Additional information is posted on the District’s redistricting website, including the redistricting process and the redistricting plan the Board is considering to submit to the Department of Justice.