Congressional maps up for comment
Legislative leaders to hold a public hearing Thursday on proposed changes to NC's congressional districts.Posted — Updated
The Joint Redistricting committee holds a public hearing Thursday on proposed changes to NC's congressional districts.
Republicans say that's not the case. They say the maps are "fair and legal" and fulfill the requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act, which says mapmakers must protect the voting power of minority communities in the 40 counties subject to the Act.
The new map would bring some big differences to the state's urban areas. Wake County would be split into four districts, instead of three. Cumberland County would be reconfigured so thoroughly that it appears everyone in the county would have a new congressperson. Asheville would be carved out of Shuler's 11th district and added to McHenry's10th. Greensboro would no longer be in Miller's 13th district at all, and Mecklenburg would lose the western tail of Kissell's 8th district.
House and Senate Redistricting committee members will hold a hearing for public comments Thursday from 3pm to 9pm at seven locations around the state, connected via videoconference. Anyone wishing to speak can register on-site, one hour before the hearing starts.
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