State redistricting process opens for public comment

Court-ordered public hearings will take place on Tuesday, August 22nd

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FILE PHOTO: A crowd gathers as the North Carolina State Board of Election officials work to approve contested early-voting plans for 33 counties during a hearing in Raleigh on Thursday.

RALEIGH — State lawmakers have revealed when and where they will accept input from the public on the redistricting process following a federal court mandate to redraw legislative voting districts by the end of the month.

On Tuesday, August 22 at 4pm, seven communities across the state will hold hearings to allow members of the public to weigh in on newly proposed legislative maps.

Lawmakers have until September 1st to submit remedial maps to a three-judge federal panel from the Middle District Court of North Carolina that concluded last year that the General Assembly used race as a criteria while drawing voting districts after the 2010 census.

After a series of appeals that elevated the case up to the U.S. Supreme Court, state legislators were mandated to quickly redraw the maps ahead of the November 2018 general election.

Republican leaders have said that they plan to vote on the proposed changes by August 24.


Raleigh: Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury St — Room 643.

Charlotte: Central Piedmont Community College, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave, Hall Bldg — Rooms 215/216. Space will be limited to 45-55 seats at a time.

Fayetteville: Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2817 Fort Bragg Road, GCB (General Classroom Bldg) — Room 108. Space will be limited to 66 seats at a time.

Hudson: Caldwell Community College, 2855 Hickory Boulevard, Building B —Room 104. Space will be limited to 75 seats at a time.

Jamestown: Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown Campus, 601 East Main Street, Medline Campus Center — Room 360. Space will be limited to 25-30 seats at a time.

Weldon: Halifax Community College, 100 College Road, Building 100 — Room 108. Space will be limited to 125 seats at a time.

Washington: Beaufort Community College, 5337 US Hwy. 264 East, Building 9 — Room 953. Space will be limited to 59 seats at a time.