The county is in the process of redrawing its five commission districts ahead of the 2012 elections.
Redistricting is done every 10 years based on new U.S. Census numbers. The Washoe County School District, cities of Sparks and Reno and the state Legislature also are in the process of redrawing their voting districts.
The 2010 census reports that Washoe County’s population has grown to more than 421,000, a 24 percent increase since 2000.
Each commission district should include 20 percent of the county’s population, give or take 5 percent. County staff has set a target population count for each district at 84,281.
Currently, however, some districts far exceed this goal while others are well below it.
The redistricting process is inherently complex and must conform to case law and legal statutes, such as the Voting Rights Act.
Learn how the redistricting process works, how the proposed changes could affect you and share your ideas at the Washoe County Commission redistricting town hall tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Washoe County Administrative Complex, 1001 E. Ninth St. in Reno.
Washoe County staff will be on hand to discuss the process, review maps and the criteria adopted by the Washoe County Commission and answer any questions. An overview of the redistricting process will be presented at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Alice McQuone at 328-2699 or email@example.com.