Doña Ana County

Doña Ana County Redistricting

Doña Ana County Redistricting

The U.S. Census Bureau announced its plans to release 2020 Redistricting Data in a legacy format by August 16, 2021.  Consequently, this fall, the Board of County Commissioners anticipates working on redistricting process in accordance to law.  Information about public input opportunities will be announced later. 

More information about the 2020 Census and redistricting is at https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/07/upcoming-release-of-2020-census-redistricting-data-paint-clearer-portrait-of-america.html.    

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/.   The 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.

Preliminary data, in the graphic below, illustrates that Doña Ana County’s population grew by 5.7 percent or 12,029 people since the last census, a decade ago.

 


           

Public comments about redistricting the Doña Ana County Board of Commission districts can be submitted to input@donaanacounty.org or by calling, Liz Reed, Community and Constituent Services Manager, at (575) 525-5959.

    

Redistricting

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.

How does redistricting differ from reapportionment?

Reapportionment is the process of reassigning congressional seats among the states after the Census. Once 2020 Census population counts are released, the number of representatives each state could send to Congress was determined. At that point, reapportionment was over and redistricting begins. All states, even those that did not gain or lose districts, still must redraw district boundaries in order to match internal population shifts. The end goal? Equal numbers of people in every district, nationwide.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau