El Paso County is leading the way in support for a statewide resolution.
The El Paso County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to pass an independent re-districting commission resolution for Texas.
This means protecting the processes of how congressional district lines are drawn in the state and providing more of a democracy for voters. The 2020 census plays a large role in ensuring everyone’s voice is counted.
“That holds our legislators accountable and is also directly linked to appropriations,” said Paul De La Pena, a volunteer with Fair Maps Texas. “So getting those resources for all of our community organizations and state organizations.”
Organizations like ‘Fair Maps Texas’ said in order for there to be movement on issues that are important to us, we have to vote to make it happen.
“That our voices are heard. That we are choosing our representatives and that they’re not choosing us,” Jeanelle Carden shared, a volunteer with Fair Maps Texas, “This is crucial to democracy.”
If you want to see this resolution pass throughout the rest of Texas, you can sign the petition here.