Public hearings are underway on redrawing North Carolina’s political maps, including a meeting Tuesday, September 21, on the campus of Western Carolina University.
Once a decade, North Carolina’s legislature redraws the electoral maps for congressional districts and the state House and Senate. The last time the Republican-led legislature redrew the districts, the maps ended up in court for most of the decade over accusations of political gerrymandering. A judge eventually threw out the maps. The process has been delayed this year because new population numbers from the 2020 census were released in August, more than four months after they would typically come out.
One of the biggest questions this year is over where a new congressional district will go. North Carolina is getting a new seat in Congress thanks to the population growth in the state since 2010.
Tuesday’s hearing at Western Carolina University begins at 5 p.m. at the Health & Human Sciences Building, 3971 Little Savannah Rd., Cullowhee, NC 28723
The public is invited to share their opinions in person at the hearings. Sign up is available on site or online. The online sign-up portal will close four hours before the hearing begins. Each speaker will be allowed two minutes.