Redistricting maps causing concern among voters, officials

5 months 4 days 20 hours ago Wednesday, January 26 2022 Jan 26, 2022 January 26, 2022 9:42 PM January 26, 2022 in News - Local

Election season is in full swing across the Valley, but some people are finding out their ballots look different this year — if they even get to cast one at all.

Redistricting maps that have gone into effect this cycle following the 2020 Census are causing headaches for some voters and campaign volunteers. 

It's a process that happens every ten years, but some officials and those looking to cast their vote say they're feeling the impact of the changes. 

In Harlingen, nearly 4,000 people are stuck with a commissioner they didn't elect, and without a voice they thought they had. It's a move drawing criticism by local officials. 

"I think it's wrong, a violation of the Constitution to take anybody's right to vote away," said Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell. "Even if it's just for a two-year period of time." 

State and federal reps also changing for some voters.

In Brownsville, Santos Ramirez was among those moved from State House District 34 to 35. It's a move Ramirez says is affecting elderly residents in his neighborhood, with people in Brownsville now having to go as far as Peñitas to meet their House representative. 

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