In August 2016, a three-judge panel ruled that 28 of the 170 N.C. House and Senate districts were drawn to segregate and weaken the power of African-American voters; they were illegal “racial gerrymanders.” Republican lawmakers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it agreed with the panel. On August 1, 2017, that panel gave legislators a new deadline: present redrawn district maps to the judges by September 1 for use in the 2018 legislative election.

Public Hearing — Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m.
Legislators will release preliminary maps soon and hold a public hearing at 4 PM on August 22 in several locations to receive comments. You can attend (and sign up to speak) at any location; speakers will be tele-cast so people can see each other from the different locations.

Per the Joint Redistricting Committee, public hearing locations are:

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (Caldwell County)
Building B, Room 104
2855 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, NC 28638
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Central Piedmont Community College (Mecklenburg County)
Hall Building, Rooms 215/216
1112 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Fayetteville Technical Community College (Cumberland County)
General Classroom Building (GCB), Room 108
2817 Fort Bragg Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Guilford Technical Community College (Guilford County)
Medline Campus Center, Room 360
601 E Main St., Jamestown, NC 27282
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Halifax Community College (Halifax County)
Building 100, Room 108
100 College Dr., Weldon, NC 27890
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Legislative Office Building (Wake County)
Room 643, 300 N Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27603
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Beaufort Community College (Beaufort County)
Building 9, Room 953
5337 US Hwy. 264 East, Washington, NC 27889
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Public Comment Guidelines:
Per the Joint Redistricting Committee, guidelines for public speakers are as follows:

1. Speakers need to sign up on the “Speaker Sheet” in order to speak.

2. Speakers will have up to 3 minutes for presentation to the Committee.

3. Registration for speaking will begin at 3:00 pm at each hearing site, and will close at 6:30 p.m. at each hearing site.

4. Speakers will be called according to the order of registration.

5. If a speaker is not present when called, the speaker will be skipped at that time. Time permitting at the end of all registered speakers, those skipped will be allowed to speak.

6. The presiding chair, at the chair’s discretion, may change these guidelines.

Public Hearing Testimony – 3 minutes — Sign up at 3 p.m.
We’re providing a handy guide with four themes to emphasize at public hearings (or through comments submitted online). Share the themes or concerns most important to you, politely, in your own words. You only have three (3) minutes to speak — about one page, double-spaced.