Travis County redistricting

Tensions were high at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday as the court voted on a new precinct map that left some commissioners accusing others of gerrymandering and behind the scenes negotiations. The county has to redraw its political map every ten years to make sure the four commissioners precincts are of more-or-less equal size population-wise. The challenge is to do that while maintaining minority representation in accordance with the Voting Rights Act. The process is further...

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State Office Building Closed UPDATE 9:00 am: DPS officials have reopened the William P. Clements building, after issuing an all clear. EARLIER: The William P. Clements building at 15 th and Lavaca is closed as well as the parking lot. The Texas Department of Public Safety says this is a precautionary measure. DPS says a suspect has been detained and his vehicle searched. Officials did not release other details. DPS did say an all clear is expected soon. Public Weighing in on Travis County Redistricting Travis County is holding a public hearing this morning on its redistricting plans. The county is redrawing boundary lines for county commissioners, justices of the peace, constables and election precincts, following last years US Census. County officials are trying to get more public input before Commissioners adopt the final maps next month.