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Bernalillo County

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Location:
One Civic Plaza, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone:
(505) 468-7000

Fax:
(505) 462-9813

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Email:
FinanceDivision@bernco.gov

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Redistricting Process Underway in Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County has started the process of remapping political boundaries in response to population changes documented by the 2020 Census. The county’s part of the larger redistricting effort by the state Legislature is limited to redrawing the geographical boundaries that correspond to the county’s five districts to account for changes in population. As populations grow, shrink, or move around, districts must be redrawn so that each district contains approximately the same number of people. As the maps are redrawn attention focuses on preservation of minority voting rights, contiguity, compactness and communities of interest.

“Redistricting happens once per decade so for most of us there is much to learn. And due to the pandemic-delayed publication of census data, the public and stakeholders need to get up to speed quickly,” says Commission Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “We’ve set up a page on Bernco.gov and will hear about initial plans at Tuesday’s commission meeting. We will hear public comment on redistricting then, and at every administrative meeting until we get it done.”

Population growth in Bernalillo County from 2010-2020 was 2.1% bringing the current population to 676,444. Thus, the ideal population size for each of the five districts is 135,289. Population change within the districts was minimal except for District 4 which grew by 9%. Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 are within the allowable population deviation of 5%. District 4’s deviation is 8.55% so its boundaries will need to be adjusted.

For background information on redistricting in Bernalillo County, visit Bernco.gov/redistricting. The page contains the current maps for districts 1-5, links to submit a written public comment, the phone number to call to make a public comment that will be transcribed verbatim, and a link to sign up to speak live during the public comment period of upcoming commission meetings. There is also a link to a background report on redistricting prepared for Bernalillo County by Research and Polling.

Redistricting will be near the top of the agenda for Tuesday’s administrative meeting of the Board of County Commissioners which begins at 5 p.m. Meetings are being held online due to the continuing pandemic. The meetings can be viewed live on Bernco.gov, GOV TV and YouTube. Citizens who will be speaking need to sign up online in advance and view the meeting on Zoom.

For more information, visit Bernco.gov/redistricting.

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About Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.