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Hays County recently completed the process of redistricting following the 2020 Census. A Redistricting Advisory Commission (RAC) was established by the Hays County Commissioners Court. The RAC explored and endeavor to provide advisory input regarding the adjustment of Hays County Precinct boundaries, including Commissioners Precincts, Justice of the Peace Precincts and Constables Precincts.
This page is dedicated to providing timely, relevant and transparent information about that process. We welcome your feedback!
Four community meetings (one in each precinct) were held to share proposed maps. Check back here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Next Door to get all the info!
Questions submitted here may not be published by Hays County on this site.
Meetings, Agendas, and Archived Videos
See the upcoming RAC meeting schedule:
A link to watch a live stream of the meetings will be posted prior to each meeting.
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, 7 p.m. Watch Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6MY-2xyBH8
Monday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Work Session (Watch Live Here)
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Work Session (Link to 10/20/21 Live Stream)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Precinct 1 Community Meeting
Goodnight Middle School -1301 TX 123, San Marcos
Saturday Oct. 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Precinct 2 Community Meeting
Jack C. Hays High School-4800 Jack C Hays, Kyle
Wednesday Oct. 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Precinct 3 Community Meeting
Wimberley Community Center-14068 RR 12, Wimberley
Thursday Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Precinct 4 Community Meeting
Dripping Springs Ranch Park-1042 Event Center, Dripping Springs
Friday Oct. 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Work Session (Live Streamed for Public)
Ruben Garza – appointed by Hays County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Pct. 1
Michelle Lopez – appointed by Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones, Pct. 2
Shannon Fitzpatrick – appointed by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra
Ken Strange – appointed by Hays County Commissioner Lon Shell, Pct. 3
Steve Meyer – appointed by Hays County Commissioner Walt Smith, Pct. 4
The Democratic and Republican Party Chairs for Hays County are also on the RAC:
Bob Parks, Republican Party Chair, Hays County
Mark Trahan, Democratic Party Chair, Hays County
The Hays County Redistricting Advisory Commission (RAC), created in 2021 by the Hays County Commissioners Court, is tasked with exploring and endeavoring to provide advisory input regarding the adjustment of
Hays County Precinct boundaries. Click the image at the right to see the RAC Charter.
Hays County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the redistricting map shown here. The vote took place at the November 9, 2021, regular meeting.
To enlarge on a laptop/desktop, right click, hit open image in new tab. Then you can zoom down to street level.
To enlarge from a mobile device, save image to photos. Then you can zoom down to street level.
The 2020 Census demographic data used in the creation of this map is provided here.
The final map for Hays County Justices of the Peace and Constable Precincts was approved on November 9, 2021, by the Hays County Commissioners Court.
The proposed redistricting maps are below. Four community meetings were held to gather public input.
Maps Proposed as of Nov. 4, 2021:
Proposed Maps as of Nov. 2, 2021:
Earlier Proposed Maps:
Proposed Boundary Maps for JPs and Constables
Proposed Maps as of Nov. 4, 2021:
The links below provide the assessment (left) and initial analysis (right) for Hays County by the law firm approved by the Hays County Commissioners Court to oversee the redistricting process: Allison, Bass & Magee. Below those documents is a link to the video of Bob Bass presenting the information to the Hays County Commissioners Court on September 21, 2021. The presentation begins at 2:15:54.
Summary: Precinct 1 is overpopulated by 364 (.016%), Precinct 2 is overpopulated by 12,787 (21.22%), Precinct 3 is underpopulated by 13,907 (23.08%) and Precinct 4 is overpopulated by 775 (1.25%). To determine whether or not the county is legally obligated to redraw boundaries, the threshold for local governmental entities should have no more than a 10% top to bottom deviation. Hays County is at 44.3% top to bottom. Therefore, the boundaries must be redrawn.
Q – “I’m frustrated as I can’t make out exactly where the edges of the Precincts are in the proposed maps.”
A – These maps presently still lack detail due to each being created and presented by the Redistricting Advisory Commission in pdf form and not having gone through a mapping software program. We will work to get additional details added.
Q – “The minority representation in Precinct 1 (Precinct 2) has been manipulate; the Precinct is too packed or under-represented depending on the Proposed map being viewed.”
A – The voting age minority numbers are an important consideration for compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These numbers, along with other compliance issues, will be weighed and addressed by the county’s retained legal counsel for redistricting prior to the Commissioners Court vote.