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Georgetown to redesign city council districts due to population growth

Georgetown City Council is initiating redistribution of the city’s seven municipal districts due to the city’s growing population.

Redistribution is done once every 10 years when the biennial census figures are released. The process will be based on the 2020 census figures.

Georgetown’s population has grown 41% since 2010, according to figures released in April from the 2020 census, city officials said in a press release. He said the population has grown from 47,400 in 2010 to 66,880 in 2020.

The board will discuss the redistribution process during its workshop at 2 p.m. on October 26.

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The increase in population means that the ideal number of residents in each neighborhood has risen to 9,554, the statement said. This number is the total population divided by seven, that is, the number of districts.

“Exact population equality is not required for local political subdivisions,” officials said in the statement. “However, a total population gap of no more than 10 percent between their most populous district and the least populous district should be the goal.”

District 1 currently has 8,731 residents, which is 8.62 percent less than the ideal number of people (9,554) in a district, depending on the city. District 2 has 9,127 inhabitants, 4.47% less than the ideal number.

District 3 has 10,771 inhabitants, which is 12.73% more than the ideal number of inhabitants for a district. District 4 has a population of 7,181, which is 24.84% below the ideal number.

District 5 has 10,630 inhabitants, or 11.26% more than the ideal number of inhabitants, while District 6 has 6,988 inhabitants, or 26.86% less than the ideal number of inhabitants of a district.

District 7, the largest with 13,452 residents, is 40.8 percent more than the district’s ideal population, the statement said.

District 1 is southeast of Georgetown and District 2 is southwest of Georgetown. District 3 is west of Georgetown, along the North Fork of the San Gabriel River, and also includes parts of the far northwest of Georgetown. District 4 includes parts of Sun City northwest of Georgetown.

District 5 is northwest of Georgetown, just west of the Interstate, while District 6 includes downtown Georgetown. District 7 is in the far east of Georgetown and also includes parts of southeast Georgetown.

The current district plans of the city council are at bit.ly/3G7aS8t

“According to previous Supreme Court rulings, a government body must consider race when selecting districts if it is to comply with the requirements of the Voting Rights Act; however, if race is the predominant consideration in the process, the government agency may be subject to a racial claim of gerrymandering, “the statement said.

He said members of the public can submit a redistribution plan in line with guidelines to be adopted by city council. One of the proposed guidelines is that any submitted plan must show the reconfiguration of all districts.

The city council will organize several special redistribution sessions open to the public in October, November and December. The dates are not yet fixed. All information will be published on georgetown.org. The meetings will also be posted on the city’s website and on GTV 10 cable chain.

A final plan must be adopted and submitted by Jan. 19, 2022, when candidates will begin standing in the May 2022 municipal elections, the statement said.

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