Redistricting public meeting planned
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON REDISTRICTING OF ELLIS COUNTY
Ellis County is governed by Article V, section 18 of the Texas Constitution. Since Ellis County elects four of its commissioners from single member districts, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires under the principle of “one-person-one-vote” that all districts have essentially the same number of people. Also, Texas and its political subdivisions are jurisdictions covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and as subsequently reenacted in 2006. Under section 5 of the Act, the Attorney General of the United States must pre-clear all voting changes before they may be implemented. The Attorney General must determine that all voting changes made by the county do not have a discriminatory purpose or effect upon the rights of minorities to vote. In addition to changes in the commissioners’ precincts, approval is required for changes to election precincts or polling places. Since justices of the peace and constables are elected officials, any changes affecting them also must be approved.
The Attorney General’s regulations strongly encourage community input into the process. Therefore, a public hearing will be held for the purpose of securing community commitment upon the proposed redistricting plan on one day, Wednesday, July 6, 2011 with the location and time of the public hearing as follows:
Ellis County Historical Courthouse
2nd floor, Commissioners Courtroom
101 W. Main Street
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
All citizens of Ellis County are encouraged to attend and participate in this important public hearing.
Signed: Carol Bush, County Judge