by Pam Zubeck
Boundaries for El Paso County commissioner districts are being redrawn so that each of the five commissioners represents roughly the same number of constitutes: 124,000.
Redistricting is necessary because as the county develops, population shifts so that some districts wind up with more residents and others with less.
Generally, the changes are only tweaks here and there to even out the districts, but redistricting has been known to be used to accommodate certain candidates or give a political party an advantage. In El Paso County, however, Republicans rule, so they don't need any more help.
The first public hearing on several different proposals will take place tomorrow at the Board of County Commissioners meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 27 E. Vermijo St.
Here are a couple of graphics that demonstrate the population shift of population in current commissioner districts that one proposed change would bring about:
Boundary changes, if necessary, can only take place in odd numbered years. Proposed by the Clerk and Recorder's Office, the changes must be finalized by July 1.