Mapping begins on 10 Austin City Council districts

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Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 14-member commission relying on computer mapping will draw 10 Austin City Council districts in a governing overhaul approved by 2012 voters.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/18ej6aa ) reports commission members meet Saturday with a consultant. Commissioner Harriet Harrow says computer software will be used to help draw the districts.

Officials have held eight public hearings. Commissioners hope to finish a first draft by early October.

Voters last fall approved changing the Austin City Council from seven members who represent the entire city to 10 district representatives and a citywide mayor. Citizens who make up the commission will draw the boundaries for an estimated 80,000 people per district.

Federal law also requires the drawing of some districts to make sure large concentrations of minority residents have a fair chance to elect candidates.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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