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Adam Mendoza, a registered voter, says, “Most people don’t pay attention because they think it doesn’t affect them.”
Jon Taylor, a political science professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said the redistricting process that’s going on right now impacts our everyday lives.
Texas voters who want to ensure community programs are adequately funded in their favor and want more say in the electoral process may want to pay attention to what’s going on in Austin with redistricting.
Ask young Texas voters what they think about Texas politics and redistricting, and some may tell you it doesn’t interest them much.
“It means we get two more electoral votes going into 2024. It has a lot to do with money and what people can get from their member of Congress in terms of allocations for their districts — everything from grant money to people being appointed to military academies. It has an impact, but it’s also just the partisan politics,” Taylor said.
Taylor says where you fall into the potential new redistricting maps could impact your everyday life. Right now, with Republicans in charge, the lines could lean in their favor.
The first map draft released this week leaves out minorities in some communities, like in the district represented by Rep. Chip Roy, where the population grew. “You’re talking about marginalizing people of color who are the ones who are basically driving Texas population growth and therefore, by the way, also driving the Texas economy and everything from education to to infrastructure,” Taylor said.
Ad He said the redrawing of districts gets political because what happens in Texas impacts the nation. The goal is to ensure that minorities are not left out in representation.
If you want to get involved in having a say in how the lines are drawn, visit the Texas Special Committee on Redistricting website by clicking here to view its members and contact information. ALSO ON KSAT.COM
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