We invite the Tarrant County Community to regularly visit this page for updates about our redistricting process and proposed maps.
What is redistricting, why are we doing it, and when is the deadline?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of elective districts (e.g., single-member districts) due to changes in the local population, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau every ten years.
Redistricting ensures the Tarrant County community has fair representation on the TCC Board of Trustees.
Texas Education Code Section 130.0822 (a) and (k) requires a school board to re-divide single-member districts “if the census data indicates that the population of the most populous district exceeds the population of the least populous district by more than 10 percent.”
The board must redivide the district into the appropriate number of trustee districts not later than the 90th day before the day of the first regular trustee election at which trustees may officially recognize and act on the last preceding federal census.
Tarrant County College is required to hold May elections in odd-numbered years. For the May 6, 2023 election date, the Board of Trustees is required to redistrict by February 5, 2023.
What is the timeline?
|February 17, 2022||Legal overview and introduce proposed redistricting process, criteria and timeline.|
|March 2022||Continued legal overview. Board adopts redistricting criteria, process, and timeline.|
|April 2022||Additional legal overview. Board receives 2020 census data and change analysis from demographer and legal team.|
|May 2022||Board receives and comments on first round of maps from demographer.|
|June 2022||Board receives summary of website public comments on first round of maps; Board receives and comments on second round of maps.|
|August 2022||Board receives summary of website public comment on amended maps; Board receives and comment on third round of maps.|
|September 2022||Board receives summary of website public comment on third round of maps; Board narrows down to 1-2 maps.|
|November 2022||Formal public hearing on maps; Board receives summary of website and single member district community meeting public comments on maps; Board receives potential vote dilution/retrogression analysis.|
|December 2022||Discuss and consider final maps. Adopt final redistricting map.|
What is the criteria?
New district boundaries must meet the following criteria:
- Easily identifiable geographic and political boundaries shall be followed when possible;
- Single-member districts shall be as nearly as practicable of equal population in terms of total population according to the 2020 census;
- The District shall keep the total deviation between the largest and smallest single-member district at or within ten percent;
- Single-members districts shall be compact to the extent possible and composed of contiguous territory;
- Single-member districts shall preserve incumbent-constituency relations by placing the residence of existing trustees in separate single-member districts;
- Where possible, the proposed map shall maintain communities of interest within single-member districts and attempts should be made to avoid splitting neighborhoods when redrawing single-member district lines;
- Single-member districts shall be drawn to avoid splitting county election precincts to the extent possible, unless necessary to balance single-member district population;
- The racial and language minority status of residents shall be considered only to the narrow extent needed to avoid violating the Fifteenth Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and the aforementioned provisions of the Texas Education Code (i.e., avoid retrogression of minority voting rights by drawing a plan where minority voting strength is not diminished relative to the existing plan);
- Existing single-member district boundaries shall be preserved to the extent possible.
What is the proposed map?
We encourage the community to review the proposed map and provide input to help ensure appropriate representation in Tarrant County.
About the Map
- Blue lines: Current boundaries
- Circles: Proposed areas of change
How can I give feedback?
A town hall meeting was scheduled for September 8, 2022, to allow citizens to voice their comments in person.
What happens to my feedback?
All feedback will be referred to the TCC Board of Trustees.
What feedback has been submitted?
|Date||Is there a specific district you'd like to leave feedback for?||Give your feedback||College Response|
|June 27, 2022||District 1: Saginaw, Fort Worth North Side, Downtown Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Southside (generally west of I-35W)||This is a growing quadrant of Tarrant County with different constituency needs. The North Side has a different population than the Saginaw area for instance. It would be helpful to evaluate representation by both population AND demographics when moving forward proposed changes to representation on the board.||Thank you for your interest in in TCCD's redistricting process. We appreciate your input. Both TCCD's current map, and proposed map 2 have been evaluated looking at total population, voting age population, and citizen voting age population, and have been further evaluated looking at the total population, voting age population, and citizen voting age population for these four demographic groups: Anglo, African-American, Asian, and Hispanic. The maps and demographic data tables are available online.|
What are key facts I should know?
- TCC has 7 single-member board districts
- Tarrant County College added 301,125 persons from 2010 to 2020
- Total District Population is now 2,110,564 persons
- Most populous single-member district changed from District 2 in 2010 to District 4 in 2020
- Least populous single-member district changed from District 7 in 2010 to District 3 in 2020
Updated September 16, 2022