Atascosa County Commissioners Court approved the new maps for Commissioners’ Precincts as required by federal law based upon population changes during a special called meeting on Nov. 10. Population changes are the result of data from the 2020 Census.
The most drastic changes occurred between Precincts 2 and 3. The southern boundary of Pct. 2 was previously on Hwy. 173, east to FM 2146. As a result of the 2020 Census, that entire area contained within is now part of Pct. 3 with a few exceptions. The Pct. 3 boundary now goes past Ditto Road and out toward Stacey Road. Please see map for a better visual.
“We had to go past FM 476 and go north with Pct. 3 boundaries substantially into Pct. 2 and partly into Pct. 1 because there have been so many unincorporated subdivisions in the last 10 years in those two areas,” said County Judge Bob Hurley.
Other changes to the Commissioner Precinct boundaries include the entire City of Christine shifting from Pct. 3 into Pct. 4 to even out the populations.
“There’s actually been a slight decline [in population] in Pct. 4 and 3. More in Pct. 3 than 4, but 4 and 3, that’s a small price,” said Judge Hurley, alluding to the fact that besides adjusting for the increases in Pct. 1 and 2, they had to make small adjustments for that decrease in Pct. 3 and 4.
There was one miscommunication between the county and Allison and Basse, the law firm working on the new maps, where the current JP3’s residence was moved into Pct. 4. Commissioners and the law firm agreed to keep the Pct. 3 boundaries as they previously were in Jourdanton, keeping JP3 in Pct. 3.
Commissioner Mark Gillespie, Pct. 1, moved to restore the Pct. 3 boundaries in Jourdanton back to as they previously were before the mix up. Commissioner Stuart Knowlton, Pct. 2, seconded with the motion passing unanimously.
Commissioner Eliseo Perez, Pct. 3, then motioned to approve all changes to the maps as presented by Allison and Basse. Commissioner Kennard Riley, Pct. 4, seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Moving forward, the county will evaluate any changes to voting precincts with an overlay of changes in senatorial districts for the state in Atascosa County.
Previously, Atascosa County was represented by Senate District 19, Senate District 21 and US House of Representatives District 31. Senator Roland Gutierrez currently holds office in SD19, Senator Judith Zaffirini in SD21 and Rep. Ryan Guillen in D31. These will continue to represent the county throughout the 2022 elections. However, as a result of redistricting, after next year’s election, they will no longer represent Atascosa County. Instead, Senate District 24 and District 80 will represent Atascosa County.