Working with Stan Reid, attorney with Allison, Bass, and Magee, the Terry County Commissioners worked hard to equitably redraw precinct lines based on the new 2020 Census results.
Laws demand the precincts be split as equitably as possible.
This was done at a Commissioners Court on October 24.
Preliminary numbers showed that Precinct 1 had way more constituents than any of the others. However, this number did reflect a prison population of 400 at the time of the census. Once those numbers were removed, the Precinct 1 numbers were less skewed. After a series of math projects and trial and error, a map was created that falls within the recommendations of the state. This map also falls within the legal parameters of the ethnicity guidelines.
All precincts were affected some by the redrawing of lines. Precincts 2 and 3 saw the biggest changes.
The final numbers show:
Precinct 1 – 1,797 voters
Precinct 2 – 1,386 voters
Precinct 3 – 1,511 voters
Precinct 4 – 1,567 voters
A hearing was held on Wednesday, November 3, after which, the Commissioner’s Court voted to approve the changes.