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The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, a group of 14 unpaid Austinites who were selected partially at random from a large pool of vetted applicants, convenes once a decade to perform one of the most essential tasks in city government.

Similar to what happens at the state level when congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn, the city has to redraw its boundaries every decade, to account for population changes.

"We're still seeing a lot of manipulation at the state level with gerrymandering practices… I may not be able to change that gerrymandering at that state level—the rigged drawing of districts that benefit politicians over people—but I can do everything in my power to draw fair lines for the city," Chair Christina Puentes said.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.


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