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City, county mull new district lines

June 16, 2011

Clarance Hartfield Jr., right, discusses proposed precinct boundaries for Howard County with Precinct 2 Commissioner Donnie Baker and Precinct 1 Commissioners Emma Brown during a special meeting Wednesday morning. (HERALD photo/Thomas Jenkins)

Officials with Howard County and the city of Big Spring began the arduous task of redrawing precinct and district boundaries Wednesday, a process made necessary by the shifts in population identified in the 2010 Census.

Howard County commissioners met with Robert T. Bass — an attorney with Allison, Bass and Associates LLP — during a special-called meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the process by which the political lines must be drawn according to federal law.

“Redistricting takes place after every census,” Bass told the court. “We have to look at the existing political boundaries and divide the population — not including inmates being housed in the prison, which is 29,810 — by the four precincts, which gives us a target population for each precinct of 7,453.”

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