Back in August 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau released the data needed to perform redistricting, which is required by law, after the once in a decade headcount. On September 14, 2021, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners kicked off the redistricting process, with an indicatory presentation to redistricting by Research and Polling, Inc. of Albuquerque. The data shows that County Commission District 4 had the largest population growth over the last 10 years. Below is the graph of the 2020 Census results by County commission district.
Redistricting Presentations are below and additional documentation will be shared here:
Research and Polling is contracted by the County to provide professional redistricting services. Throughout the process, there will be opportunities for the public to provide input. Per statute, the deadline for map adoption is the end of 2021. Below is the tentative schedule for redistricting presentations at regular Board of County Commissioners meetings:
October 26 – Presentation of initial plans
November 23 – Presentation of revised plans
Week of November 29- The Board of County Commissioners may plan an additional work session for second round of revisions if determined necessary.
December 14 – Plan adoption
Public comments about redistricting the Doña Ana County Board of Commission districts can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, or thorugh the County's Facebook Page by attending one of the public meetings.
Individuals interested in learning about redistricting on the state or federal level can contact the New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee at https://www.nmredistricting.org/. New Mexico Redistricting Act (Laws 2021, Chapter 79, Sections 2 through 10) created the seven-member Citizen Redistricting Committee. The purpose of the committee is to propose district lines that are drawn fairly through a transparent, open, and participatory process for New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, the New Mexico Senate, the New Mexico House of Representatives, and the Public Education Commission.
What is redistricting?
Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. For many states, this means redrawing congressional and state legislative district lines every ten years following the decennial census. In the modern era of redistricting, all district lines must be reviewed after the census to meet strict requirements for population equality and voting rights protections.
The U.S. Census Bureau has redistricting videos to better explain the required process. For English, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0MhAue2Tuk and for Spanish: https://youtu.be/BJwLLon6L50.
How does redistricting differ from reapportionment?
Reapportionment is the process of reassigning congressional seats among the states after the Census. During the last decade, New Mexico experienced a slight population increase; therefore, the state did not lose a congressional seat. All states, even those that did not gain or lose seats, still must redraw district boundaries to match internal population shifts. The goal is to have equal numbers of people in every district, nationwide. This works to ensure equal representation of each district resident and attempts to avoid the drawing of boundaries for the purposes of partisan advantage or protection of the incumbent party.