Redistricting is front and center while the state budget is being negotiated in a conference committee.
How do you weigh in?
The public hearing portion of the redistricting process started September 8 and continues across the state through September 30. You do not have to live in the county where the public hearing is held in order to attend or to speak (comments are limited to 2 minutes and speakers must sign in before the hearing begins). This is the remaining public hearing schedule:
September 15–Durham Technical Community College, 6 pm & Nash Community College, 5 pm
September 16–Alamance Community College, 5 pm & Pitt Community College, 3 pm
September 21–Western Carolina University, 5 pm
September 22–Central Piedmont Community College, 3 pm
September 23–Mitchell Community College, 3 pm
September 28–UNC Pembroke, 4 pm
September 29–UNC Wilmington, 5 pm
September 30–Fayetteville Technical Community College, 6 pm
You may also submit online comments about the redistricting process and what you want to see in new Congressional and legislative maps here.
I encourage you to take this opportunity to make your voice heard. These new maps will affect the outcome of Congressional and legislative elections for the next decade.
The Redistricting Committee will meet at the Legislative Building once maps are completed and introduced in bill form. Like all legislative meetings, it will be open to the public. We have been told by the committee chairs that citizens will be able to sign up to speak about the maps at this meeting. This is particularly important for Wake county residents since there is no public hearing scheduled in Wake county. Learn more about this committee and sign up for committee alerts here.
Until next time
My next newsletter will be published after the conference budget is released and has floor votes in both Chambers.
As always, if you need assistance from my office you can reach me at 919-733-5602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in service,