Proposed county redistricting maps released

Changes made to commissioners’, JP-constable precinct boundaries to balance population changes

Bill Spinks
Midlothian Mirror
The proposed new Justice of the Peace and Constable precincts formulated by the Ellis County Redistricting Committee using 2020 U.S. Census figures. Colors represent the proposed new precincts and red lines indicate existing boundaries.

The Ellis County Redistricting Committee has released maps proposing new boundaries for the county’s four Commissioners’ Court precincts and four Justice of the Peace and Constable precincts.

These precincts are redrawn every 10 years based on U.S. Census figures to rebalance populations under the “one individual, one vote” principle of the U.S. Constitution.

 Last week, the committee released two proposals for commissioners’ precincts and one proposal for justice of the peace-constable precincts. Once approved, the new precincts will take effect Jan. 1 and remain in effect until the next redistricting cycle following the 2030 Census.

The proposed Plan A of new Commissioners' Court precincts formulated by the Ellis County Redistricting Committee using 2020 U.S. Census figures. Colors represent the proposed new precincts and red lines indicate existing boundaries.

Plan A for the proposed commissioners’ precincts keeps the boundaries largely intact with relatively minor tweaks geographically. But Waxahachie residents north and east of the U.S. 287-Interstate 35E interchange would shift from Precinct 3 to Precinct 1; and some Ennis residents will shift from Precinct 1 to Precinct 2 to eliminate a finger that was drawn to take in Ennis in the 2010 redistricting. Some Red Oak residents will be shifted from Precinct 4 to Precinct 1.

The proposed Plan B of new Commissioners' Court precincts formulated by the Ellis County Redistricting Committee using 2020 U.S. Census figures. Colors represent the proposed new precincts and red lines indicate existing boundaries.

Plan B is very similar to Plan A, except that more parts of northeast Waxahachie, including some areas currently in Precinct 4, would be assigned to Precinct 1.

The committee settled on one proposal for the justice precincts. JP Precinct 3 would expand in land coverage and would mainly take in Waxahachie. Precinct 1 would take over the entire eastern portion of the county to include all of Ennis, Ferris and Palmer.

JP Precinct 2 would cede territory to Precinct 3 in the southern part of the countywhile picking up Waxahachie neighborhoods in the extreme northern reaches of the city. JP Precinct 4, which at present consists mainly of Midlothian and Ovilla, would give everything east of Interstate 35E to Precincts 2 and 3 and would also give up land to Precinct 2 on the south end as the precinct grows in population.

The redistricting committee was formed on Oct. 5 by the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court. The committee is chaired by former U.S. Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis. Other members are Dennis Robertson, Ashley Collins, Hud Hartson and Ron Appleton.