In 2013, Austin went through an unprecedented city council redistricting process. A diverse 14-member commission was selected to divide the city into ten districts that would be balanced and yet allow for representation and inclusion of Austin’s various ethnic and social groups. The commission was widely praised as having reached a timely and fair conclusion. This is the story of that effort.
Written by four members of the commission, this report recounts the process they followed and gives recommendations for the future. It is detailed, yet readable.
“This document will be an invaluable tool for Independent Citizens Redistricting Commissions in Austin and other cities nationwide. As a nation, we have too few successes in democracy. The process in Austin was a great success. It demonstrated that there is a great untapped reservoir of talent among our citizens and showed one way in which that talent can be realized. It is a model for all cities. Redistricting need not be a quintessentially political process.”