Proposed Redistricting Plans for the Four (4) Council Districts of the City of Gallup
As with other governing and political bodies, the Gallup City Council is required to redistrict its boundaries after each decennial census. State law requires each local public body, whose governing body members are not elected at the regular local election in November of odd-numbered years, to redraw their districts in the same calendar year in which the state receives the results of a federal decennial census. The U.S. Census Bureau finally released the 2020 census data at the end of this past August; however, the release of the data was almost five months late and it resulted in the delay of the redistricting process for various public entities. The final redistricting plan needs to be submitted to the Secretary of State's Office prior to the issuance of the statewide election proclamation on December 1, 2021 for the Municipal Officer Election to be held on March 1, 2022.
To accomplish the complex task of redistricting, the City of Gallup has contracted for professional services with New Mexico Demographic Research, LLC (NMDR). Rod Adair, President of NMDR, will provide an overview of the process and will present three (3) redistricting plans for public discussion. A special work session will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. for further discussion of the plans and to gather additional input. A special meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 for adoption of the final plan by City ordinance.
- Fiscal Impact:
- The cost for professional services for redistricting is $19,410. There are sufficient funds available in the City Clerk's professional services line item.
- Discussion only.
- Speaker's Name
- Alfred Abeita and Rod Adair