On January 18, 2022, representatives of the consulting law firm Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP provided the City Council with an overview of the 2020 Census population and demographic data.
The Council was advised that current councilmember districts have become unbalanced in population, and must be redrawn in order to comply with the “one-person, one-vote” principle established by the U.S. Constitution.
The City Council has outlined the process of redistricting councilmember districts, and has adopted a redistricting plan for use in municipal elections over the next ten years beginning with the November 2023 election. For more information and the history of councilmember redistricting in Mesquite, view the document 2022 City Council redistricting plan for new councilmember districts.
The following information outlines the redistricting process.
Public Input Meetings
The City of Mesquite will host three Public Input Meetings to educate the public on the redistricting process and gather public feedback on the proposed illustrative maps.
- March 29, 2022, 7 p.m., at Florence Recreation Center, 2501 Whitson Way
- April 5, 2022, 7 p.m., at Rutherford Recreation Center, 900 Rutherford Drive
- May 2, 2022, 7 p.m., at Mesquite City Hall Council Chambers, 757 N. Galloway Ave
Illustrated Plan 1
- Map of all Districts
- Map of District 1
- Map of District 2
- Map of District 3
- Map of District 4
- Map of District 5
- Map of District 6
Illustrated Plan 2
Requirements for Plans Submitted by the Public
In implementing the redistricting process, the City Council has adopted by resolution certain guidelines for persons wishing to submit specific redistricting proposals and criteria to serve as a framework to guide formation of redistricting plans so that non-discrimination standards of the Voting Rights Act are maintained.
- Easily identifiable geographic boundaries
- Avoid splitting neighborhood communities of interest
- Avoid splitting census blocks, unless necessary
- Existing districts form the basis of alterations
- Districts must be relatively equal in total population with no more than 10% deviation between the largest and smallest district
- Districts should be compact and composed of contiguous territory
- Consideration of Incumbent-Constituency relationships
- Avoid racial gerrymandering
- Avoid “cracking” or “packing” of minority voters
- Proposed plans must be submitted in writing and be legible
- Proposed plans must show a demographic breakdown of total population and voting age for each district
- Proposed plans should redistrict the entire City
- Proposed plans should conform to the redistricting criteria
- Persons providing proposed plans must identify themselves by full name, address, phone number and, if available, email address
- All comments and proposed plans must be submitted to the City Council by the close of the public hearing prior to final adoption by Council
2020 Census Information
- Summary 2020 Census Total Population
- Detailed 2020 Census Total Population
- Summary 2020 Census Voting Age Population
- Detailed 2020 Census Voting Age Population