Members of the Texas Legislature have the duty to redraw state district boundaries after each decennial census, and comments and proposals from the public about district boundaries are encouraged to facilitate that process. Redistricting legislation follows the same path through the legislature as other bills, and testimony on the process and on specific proposals may be provided during scheduled public hearings. Visit the House and Senate redistricting committee websites for committee contact information and additional options to submit public input. The notices of some public hearings may also include options to provide input without registering to testify during a hearing. Members of the public can submit redistricting map proposals created in most redistricting applications for state senate, state house, congressional, and State Board of Education (SBOE) districts to the Texas Legislative Council's redistricting office for publication to the DistrictViewer and Capitol Data Portal websites. The submitted proposals will also be made available in the legislature's redistricting software, RedAppl. Plans submitted to the council in this manner become available to the House and Senate redistricting committees, other members of the legislature, and the general public. See Redistricting Proposals from the Public for information about submitting a public redistricting proposal. Resources provided by the legislature to support and provide information about the redistricting process in Texas include DistrictViewer, RedAppl, the Capitol Data Portal, and this website, which provides current redistricting news, discussions on legal issues about the topic, historical information, and links to other useful sites.
DistrictViewer is a website that displays detailed maps and provides associated demographic and election reports for current and proposed state senate, state house, congressional, and SBOE districts. Individuals can reference DistrictViewer during committee and floor debate to quickly view the map and statistics about individual districts within a proposal, overlay boundaries from an amendment or current district plan to compare differences, see how district boundaries relate to city and voting precinct boundaries, search for an address, and easily access additional data and resources related to any available plan. All redistricting proposals that are made public through the legislative process, such as by the filing of a redistricting bill or the offer of an amendment in committee or during floor consideration of a redistricting bill, are made available in DistrictViewer. See the DistrictViewer Guide to learn about the available features.
RedAppl is the redistricting application created for the Texas Legislature; it provides access to population and election data and allows district proposals to be drawn. While RedAppl is intended for use by the legislature during periods of legislative redistricting activity, access to RedAppl is also made available to interested members of the public through a remote connection to the application on an appointment basis. Interested persons should view the RedAppl training video available on YouTube to determine if RedAppl access will enhance their ability to participate in the process and then review the public access policies and procedures for more information about establishing a RedAppl account, scheduling appointments, and using RedAppl to develop proposals for public input to the legislature.
The Capitol Data Portal is a website that provides public access to the geographic, election, and population datasets that are available within RedAppl; it also provides geographic data and other resources related to each redistricting proposal made public throughout the legislative process. The election and geographic data available on this site are developed specifically for redistricting in Texas and may be downloaded for use in any compatible redistricting or GIS application.