Sep. 2021 – County Redrawing Process Has Started!
Is your county redrawing county commissioner district boundaries in 2021? 2020 Census data is now available. For counties that have pure districts, the accepted guideline is that no county commission district should be more than 5% above or below the new county population per commissioner. Redrawing is a must if the highest and lowest deviation total more than 10%. Here are counties that FCNC has calculated will need to redraw districts this year: Anson, Bladen, Buncombe, Carteret, Caswell, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nash, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Vance, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson. (Cumberland, Forsyth, Orange have pure commissioner districts, but might not need to redraw district boundaries.) See the All Counties table for details on county commission model and 2020 Census population change.
If your county is redrawing county commissioner district boundaries, districts will have to be redrawn by December, when candidates file for the 2022 election. Here is how you can participate to ensure fair redistricting practices:
Contact your county commissioners — start a County Redistricting Team. Use the Volunteer button below to get started.
Write a Letter To the Editor of your local paper. See example below. Ask FCNC for assistance writing a letter to your paper about your county.
Volunteer with Fair Counties NC
We need everyone on board to get a fair, transparent, and participatory system in time for the 2021 NC county redistricting. Please join us to help end gerrymandering and other unfair redistricting practices once and for all! Ways you can help include: 1) join/form a local team in your county, 2) help with other important targeted NC counties, and 3) help with general support for the Fair Counties NC project.
Request a Speaker
Do you have a group that would like an engaging and informative illustrated talk on county redistricting, why we need to end gerrymandering to protect our democracy, and how we can get it done? Our speakers have given dozens of presentations across the state on redistricting at all political levels.
Conduct a Workshop
Help make fair county redistricting happen by conducting a workshop. A workshop is a great way for participants to learn about the important services provided by county government, and ways to make your county board more responsive to resident needs. Want assistance setting upa workshop? Use the Fair Counties NC contact form to request assistance with a workshop.
Endorse a Redistricting Resolution
Democracy demands an open and participatory approach to the redrawing of our county commissions. Local citizens and organizations can encourage their county commissions to adopt such an approach for the 2021 redrawing.
Fair Counties NC provides a sample Resolution (PDF file) that your organization can endorse and then present to a county commission. Fair Counties NC can provide assistance in getting the commission to adopt it.
Letter To the Editor Example
Now is the time to promote a fair, open redistricting process, if your county is redrawing districts in 2021. Here is an example of an LTE — this one is for Anson County. Contact FCNC for assistance with altering a letter like this for your county.
Anson County Commission districts will have to be redrawn by December, when candidates file for the 2022 election. Analysis of the new Census data by Fair Counties NC shows that Anson’s district populations are now too far out of line due to changes over the past decade. Commission district population should be about equal so voters have an equal say. That’s what “one person, one vote” requires. The accepted guideline is that no local district should be more than 5% above or below the new county population per commissioner. Redrawing is a must if the highest and lowest deviation total more than 10%. Anson’s districts are off by over 28%! Anson County commissioners draw their own maps, just like legislators do, but voters deserve a say in how those districts are drawn. Ask your commissioners what the redrawing schedule will be, when draft maps will be available for public comment, and how you and your neighbors can make your voices heard. Tell them voters want a fair and open county redistricting process. Don’t let districts drawn behind closed doors silence your voice on the vital decisions your commissioners make for Anson County.