County okays plan for redistricting

Milam County Commissioners, meeting Monday in regular session at the courthouse, finalized their countywide redistricting plans, based on the 2010 Census.

Major change will be in the Minerva area where Voting Precincts 103 will be combined with Precincts 207. Voting will be at Milam County Cowboy Church.

That represents a new voting location for both precincts. Previously, Precinct 103 residents cast ballots at the Minerva Community Center and those in Precinct 207 voted in the Rockdale Senior Citizens Center.

Two public hearings on the county redistricting plans were held, a sparsely attended one in Rockdale and one in Cameron which drew a larger crowd.

EQUALIZATION— County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said Milam’s consulting legal firm in San Antonio was faced with equally distributing population among Milam’s four commissioner precincts, and also creating a precinct which maximized the voting strength of minority populations.

Under the plan adopted Monday the commissioner precincts contain the following populations: Precinct 1, 6,125; Precinct 2, 6,291; Precinct 3, 6,233; Precinct 4, 6,108.

The plan will be sent to the U. S. Justice Department for approval.

STATE HOUSE—There’s also redistricting going on at the state level and the plan adopted by the Texas House of Representatives links Milam with Burnet and part of Williamson County in Texas House District 20, currently represented by Dr. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown.

The Senate has yet to pass a redistricting bill, which will have to be reconciled with the House version.

A redistricting committee, special session and legal action are also possibilities.

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