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UH’s ‘Hobby Hour: The Census and Redistricting’ Looks at Controversial Redrawing of State Voting Lines

By Sally Strong 713-743-1530

Controversy was sparked immediately with the recent redrawing of the state’s voting districts, and it continued as the matter passed through both state houses and was signed into law Oct. 25 by Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Supporters say the lines are nonpartisan and fair. Opponents cry gerrymandering and see a failure to reflect the changing demographics in Texas,” said Renée Cross, senior director of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Join the virtual lunchtime conversation, “Hobby Hour: The Census and Redistricting,” as political experts look closely at why and how some of the district lines were redrawn. They also will discuss the workings of the recent U.S. census, which granted Texas two additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and confirmed population shifts within the state.

Who: Michael O. Adams, founding director of the executive MPA program at the Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University

Renée Cross, senior director of the Hobby School and researcher specializing in Houston and Texas politics and government

Mark Jones, a fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute, and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice

Richard Murray, the Bob Lanier Chair in Public Policy at the Hobby School, co-founder of the UH Center for Public Policy and a pioneer in the art and science of polling and elections

What: “The Hobby Hour: Census and Redistricting,” sponsored by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. Host is UH Hobby School of Public Affairs Dean Jim Granato.

When: 12 p.m., Central time zone (in U.S. and Canada), Wednesday, Nov. 10

Where: Via Zoom. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link for this free event.