* * * PUBLIC HEARING - Monday, October 18, 2021 - Click for Notice * * *
For the upcoming October 18th Board of County Commissioners public hearing for required changes to the Board’s voter district boundaries, a second draft plan has been developed with Commissioner input received prior to and during the September 27th public hearing. The new plan – entitled BCC Draft 9/27 – and the previous BCC Draft 9/13 version are available for review below. Public input on the plans is being solicited in advance of and during the October 18th public hearing. Please contact the Pitt County Planning Department (252.902.3250) if you have any questions.
PITT COUNTY REDISTRICTING PROCESS
Following each federal decennial census, elected legislative bodies, including local municipalities, counties, and school boards, engage in redistricting of election districts to comply with Federal and State constitutional requirements.
The purpose of redistricting is to better balance the population between commissioner districts so that no Pitt County Commissioner is representing substantially more residents than other commissioners. Redistricting is accomplished by adjusting the boundaries of the County’s six voter districts to account for population growth. Decennial redistricting occurs every 10 years and is based on the population data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent decennial census (2020).
Planning Department staff obtained 2020 census data on August 12th, 2021. To comply with the "one person, one vote" standard, an ideal population is established for each district by dividing the total County population by the number of officials to be elected from districts. Based on 2020 census data, Pitt County has a population of 170,243. There are six (6) County Commissioner seats and thus the ideal population for the districts is 28,374. To determine equality among districts, the “+/- 5% Deviation Rule” is applied. Currently, District 4 has the highest population, with a 13% deviation from the ideal population. District 2 has the lowest population, with a deviation of almost 11% from the ideal population. Additionally, District 3 falls outside of the 5% deviation rule (see table below).
Based on the 2020 Census data, the Board of County Commissioners on August 23rd, 2021, adopted a resolution to authorize staff to initiate the redrawing of the Board’s voter districts.
On August 23rd, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to proceed with redistricting. In addition, the Board adopted the following Working Assumptions that are being used to prepare draft redistricting map(s).
- Continuous Boundaries as Required by G.S. § 153A-22(c)
- Compliance with Equal Protection Clause of US Constitution (One Person One Vote)
- Compliance with Section 2 of Voting Rights Act
- Minority Voting Strength Not Diluted
- Protection of Incumbents
- Development of Compact Districts
- Use of Existing Voter District and Precinct Boundaries When Possible and Practicable
August 23rd - September 7th
- Develop Staff Recommended Redistricting Plan for BCC Review
- BCC Meeting – Present Recommended Redistricting Plan (Power Point Presentation PDF)
- Set September 27th Public Hearing Date
September 13th - September 21st
- Meet w/ BCC members in Small Groups
- Make Recommended Adjustments to Proposed Plan
- BCC Meeting - Present Recommended Plan Revisions
- Hold Public Hearing
- Set October 18th Public Hearing Date
- BCC Meeting – Present Final Redistricting Plan(s)
- Hold Public Hearing
- BCC Meeting – Consider Adoption of 2021 Redistricting Plan
- BCC Meeting - Alternate Adoption Date
- Date of conclusion for Redistricting Process
- Allows 150 Days Before Primaries
On September 13th, 2021, staff presented the 9/13 draft redistricting plan.
On September 27th, 2021, staff presented the 9/13 draft redistricting plan an held the first public hearing for the redistricting process. The BCC directed staff to prepare a 9/27 draft redistricting plan that includes changes suggested by the Commissioners.
Next Upcoming Action
Hold October 18th Public Hearing