HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Every 10 years, the city of Houston changes its boundaries when it comes to city council districts, meaning the reallocation may change who represents you on City Hall.
Some people may not even know what borough they are in. However, in one community there is growing concern about voter representation in these counties.
Redistribution was on the agenda at Houston City Hall on Wednesday, but as is often the case, the issue was flagged, meaning council members took no action.
It is closely watched by members of the Hispanic community as Hispanics make up about 50% of Houston’s population. Despite this, there is only one Spaniard on the city council.
Members of Houston’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce tell ABC13 they’ve been working hard to expand Hispanic representation in the district so their voices can be more properly heard on city council.
“We understand that we need to be around the same table for our issues to be heard, and it’s time to have stronger representation that reflects the demographics,” said Laura Murillo of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “If we’re not at the table, we don’t have an opportunity to address these issues and so, once again, redistribution will play a very important role.”
Discussion on the topic was delayed because not all city council members were present. However, it is closely watched by the members themselves, because as the lines move, they have to search different parts of the city.
The redrawn voter maps are aligned with the 2020 census.
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