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Redistricting
Overview
The city of Rio Rancho has contracted with Research and Polling, Inc. to provide technical and professional assistance to redistrict the existing City Council districts according to the standard principles of districting:

1. Each district shall contain as nearly as possible substantially the same population based upon the most recent Federal Census. To be equal in population in the context of state or local districting would require that the total population of any one district not be more than five percent off from a mathematically perfectly equal population across all districts.

2. Plans must avoid dilution of minority voting strength. With respect to racial or ethnic communities, courts often refer to a "totality of circumstances" in judging whether or not a plan harms minority group voting strength.

3. Communities of interest shall be preserved whenever reasonable within a single district. Maintaining and preserving communities of interest has no precise mathematical solution.

4. Each district shall be contiguous. All parts must be together with no separated "islands" of territory.

5. Each district shall be compact. The total length of all district boundary lines shall be as short as possible.

This process is accomplished by analyzing the current district boundaries and the 2010 Census, and then adjusting the boundaries in accordance with standard principles of districting.

Meetings
-On June 22, 2011, at a regular Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting, the Governing Body reviewed initial plans created by Research and Polling.  View plans A, B, C, D, E (searchable PDF).

Public comment was available and no votes were taken.

-On July 13, 2011, at a work session, the Rio Rancho Governing Body discussed initial plans presented by Research and Polling on June 22.

Public comment was allowed at this meeting, and no votes were taken because the meeting was a work session.

-On July 27, 2011, at a regular Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting, the Governing Body discussed information provided by Research and Polling. View additional maps provided (precinct map /alternative C-1 map based on July 13 work session comments) by Research and Polling.

Public comment was available and no votes were taken.

-On Aug. 10, 2011, at a work session, the Rio Rancho Governing Body discussed information provided by Research and Polling. View additional maps provided (C-2, C-3, C-4) by Research and Polling.

Public comment was allowed at this meeting, and no votes were taken because the meeting was a work session.

-On Aug. 24, 2011, at a regular Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting and formally considered a resolution (R61) to adopt one of four redistricting plans (C-3, C-4 substitute, C-5, and C-6).  The Governing Body approved redistricting plan C-6.

Public comment was available at this meeting.

The C-6 redistricting plan adopted at their Aug. 24 regular meeting was done via resolution, R61. Per city municipal code, resolutions become effective upon adoption unless a later date is specified in the resolution, which was not the case with R61.

With the approval of R61 and redistricting plan C-6, an ordinance is brought forward to the Governing Body, which will amend section 30.22 Districts; Boards, of the city municipal code in accordance with the already adopted R61.

-On Sept. 14, 2011, at a regular Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting and postponed taking action on Ordinance 18 (view ordinance and view agenda briefing memo for ordinance in MS Word), which amends section 30.22 Districts; Boards, of the city municipal code in accordance with redistricting plan C-6 that was approved by resolution (R61) on Aug. 24, 2011, by the Governing Body.

Public comment was available at this meeting.

-On Sept. 28, 2011, the Rio Rancho Governing Body held a public work session pertaining to redistricting City Council districts.  Thirty minutes prior to the start of the work session, the public was able to review large reproductions of redistricting plans previously considered by the Governing Body.

Public comment was available at this meeting.

-On Oct. 4, 2011, the Rio Rancho Governing Body held a public work session pertaining to redistricting City Council districts. Thirty minutes prior to the start of the work session, the public was able to review large reproductions of redistricting plans previously considered by the Governing Body.

Public comment was available at this meeting.

-On Oct. 12, 2011, at a regular Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting, the Governing Body approved Ordinance 18 (postponed from Sept. 14 meeting), which was adoption of the C-6 redistricting plan.

Public comment was available at this meeting.

Per city municipal code, general ordinances have two readings prior to adoption. Unless specifically stated in the ordinance to be for a longer period, every adopted ordinance shall become effective 10 days after adoption.

-On Oct. 26, 2011, at a regular Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting, the Governing Body, on a second reading, approved Ordinance 18, which was adoption of the C-6 redistricting plan.  In addtion, the Governing Body approved a motion (view in MS Word) related to Ordinance 18.

Public comment was available at this meeting.

Per city municipal code, general ordinances have two readings prior to adoption. Unless specifically stated in the ordinance to be for a longer period, every adopted ordinance shall become effective 10 days after adoption.

New Council District Maps
View maps of City Council Districts based on the redistricting plan adopted by the Governing Body in October 2011.

Background
The history of redistricting begins with the United States Constitution and its requirement that members of the United States House of Representatives be apportioned among the states according to the number of persons in each state as determined by an actual enumeration every 10 years.

Beginning with the first census in 1790, there has been a census every 10 years for an unbroken series of 23 nationwide population counts, and the census provides the statistical basis for state-drawn congressional district lines, almost all state legislative redistricting plans, most local redistricting measures and many distribution formulas for allocating revenues and government funds.

2010 Census information released in March 2011 showed that the city of Rio Rancho’s population was 87,521, which was a 69.1 percent increase in population from the 2000 Census, and was the largest population increase for a city in the state of New Mexico over the past 10 years.

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