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Redistricting is process used to ensure single-member Council districts are substantially equal in population with a maximum deviation no greater than 10 percent between the most populated and least populated council member district.
Redistricting is triggered by changes in population such as the release of new Census figures, annexation, etc. The annexation of Greatwood and New Territory triggered the need for a redistricting process.
Federal and state law requires single-member Council districts to be configured so that they are relatively equal in total population according to the 2010 federal census. This is a requirement of Amendments 14 and 15 of the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act and the Texas Government Code.
The redistricting process has absolutely no impact on school district boundaries. Only the city’s single-member Council district will be affected. Again, it’s a requirement of state and Federal law.
Public hearings will be held during the redistricting process to receive public comments on the proposed redistricting plans; meeting dates and times will be published on the city website.
The city of Sugar Land is divided into four geographically defined voting districts, each represented by a single elected official.
The city of Sugar Land has four single-member districts. City Council is comprised of a mayor and two at-large positions elected by the entire city and four single-member positions elected by residents who live in each district. To determine your current district, use the following links.
No. Although it is recognized that existing districts will have to be altered to reflect new population distribution, any districting plan should, to the extent possible, will be based on existing district.
Sugar Land City Council is expected to appoint a citizen-led Redistricting Advisory Committee on Tuesday to ensure the city’s single-member districts comply with federal law.
The citizen-led committee will make a recommendation to City Council for their approval. The plan will then be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department for final approval.