Presentation on theme: "Bloomfield Schools Redistricting March 13, 2012 Presented by: Dave Abrams Research & Polling, Inc."— Presentation transcript:
Bloomfield Schools Redistricting March 13, 2012 Presented by: Dave Abrams Research & Polling, Inc.
2 About Us Research & Polling, Inc. has 26 years of redistricting experience Staff has 70 years combined redistricting experience Over 110 redistricting projects for state and local governments NM State Legislature (4 cycles) Bloomfield Schools (2002) Market research and opinion polls Consumer research Citizen satisfaction surveys
Research & Polling, Inc.3 Redistricting What is “redistricting”? Draw (and re-draw) lines that determine which voters are represented by each district Why redistrict? State statute: 22-5-1.1 School Boards must district if population > 16,000 Bloomfield School District: 17,992 When redistrict? After each Decennial Census Most current population data
Research & Polling, Inc.4 Who Districts? Elected BodyDistrictsAuthority to Redistrict U.S. House of Representatives3State Legislature / Governor New Mexico Legislature State House State Senate 70 42 State Legislature / Governor Public Regulation Commission5State Legislature / Governor County Commission3/5County Commission City Council/Commission4 to 10City Council/Commission Local School Board5/7Local School Board
Research & Polling, Inc.5 Key Districting Dates April 1, 2010Census Day January 10, 2011Apportionment of U.S. House March 15, 2011 Census Bureau delivered redistricting data November 2011 to August 2012 Redistricting completed (file Election Proclamation in November 2012) February 2013Board election
Research & Polling, Inc.6 Redistricting Process Public meetings First public meeting ABCs of redistricting Public input Show plans Show plans during second meeting Gather input about plans Revise plan(s) and adopt a plan during subsequent meetings Usually through an ordinance Note: Prior to plan adoption, plans can be shown and discussed during regular and/or work session meetings Following plan adoption County clerk assigns voters to correct districts Election resolution Filing date Election
Research & Polling, Inc.7 Principles of Districting Equal population Minority Voting Rights Compactness Contiguity Communities of interest
Research & Polling, Inc.8 Ideal Population Ideal population = total population / # of districts 2010 Census, Bloomfield Schools: 17,992 / 5 = 3,598 Change from 2000 to 2010 2000 Census2010 CensusChange% Change Bloomfield SD15,38017,9922,61214.5% 2000 Census Ideal Population 2010 Census Ideal PopulationChange% Change District Ideal3,0763,59852214.5%
Research & Polling, Inc.9 Equal Population Districts must be “substantially equal” No more than 10% total deviation Within +5% of the ideal population Bloomfield School District, 2010 Census Population of each district (ideal pop ±5%) 3,598 + 180 range: 3,418 – 3,778 Based on total population, not registered voters
Research & Polling, Inc.10 Remember… Redistricting plans are rarely perfect Any single district cannot be looked at in a vacuum Changing one district may impact others Many factors are considered Factors may work against each other Not set in stone, changes can be made Intended to initiate discussion
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