Monday, October 25, 2021
County Prepares For Redistricting Once Census Figures Available

County Prepares For Redistricting Once Census Figures Available

Wayne County prepares for its decennial redistricting process.

During last week’s Wayne County Board meeting, the commissioners listened to a presentation from Local Redistricting Service, which included information from Caroline Mackie from Poyner Spruill, LLP.

Mackie says the delayed Census figures will complicate and shorten the redistricting process this year.

Wayne County isn’t expecting to see its 2020 Census figures until August 16th, which will indicate whether the county will even need to revise its six commissioner districts.

Mackie says the county will have to draw nearly equal size districts that are within a continuous boundary.

Blake Esselstyn, the Principal from Mapfigure Consulting, told the commissioners the state’s population in North Carolina has changed over the last ten years, leading to the state adding one congressional district.

Wayne County’s redistricting efforts — if necessary — need to be completed by mid-November.

 

Blake Esselstyn (left), the Principal from Mapfigure Consulting, and Caroline Mackie from Poyner Spruill, LLP, make the introductory presentation on redistricting to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on July 20.

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