City Seeks Public Input on Three Draft Redistricting Plans
Britt Clampitt
Britt.Clampitt@charlottenc.gov
9/23/2021
Redistricting Maps

Members of the Public are Encouraged to Review the Draft Plans and Maps, and Submit Feedback

Oct. 14, 2021 (Update) – On Oct. 12, the Charlotte City Council’s Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee added a new map to the group of draft maps being considering as part of the city’s redistricting efforts.

Prior to its Oct. 12 meeting, the committee had asked Charlotte residents for feedback on three draft plans being considered for new City Council districts: maps A, B and C. The new map under consideration, B1, is an update to draft map B. It moves voting precincts 5 and 45 from District 1 to District 5.

According to Mac McCarley, attorney with Parker Poe and the city’s consultant on redistricting, the change ensures the area along Central Avenue and near the former Eastland Mall site – the site is in precinct 84 – remains an intact community of interest, having shared features and represented by the same City Council district representative. McCarley said this change is particularly important as the former mall site undergoes redevelopment.

To account for the number people that would shift from District 1 to District 5 under this new plan, draft map B1 keeps precinct 3 in District 1 to rebalance the populations of the two districts. The original map B has precinct 3 moving from District 1 to District 5.

Members of the public are asked to continue providing feedback on maps A, B, B1 and C. Review all the draft maps and sign up to speak at a public hearing during the City Council’s Oct. 18 meeting. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center will be open to the public on Oct. 18. Speakers will be able to participate in the hearing virtually or in person.

  • A virtual listening session with redistricting committee members and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Interested attendees should complete the listening session registration form. The session will also be live on the city's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • A public hearing during the City Council's meeting on Monday, Oct. 18. Speakers must complete the speaker registration form to sign up.

Map Criteria and the Draft Plans

Draft Plan A

  • In far east Charlotte, precinct 205 would move from District 4 to District 5.
  • Precinct 22 near the South End and Wilmore neighborhoods would move from District 3 to District 1.
  • Precinct 77 in southwest Charlotte would move from District 3 to District 6.

Draft Plan B

Draft Plan B closely meets the committee's criteria and population balance. It moves 15 precincts, primarily along the district borders. District 7 would remain unchanged.

This map also maintains the Republican Party's historic election advantage in districts 6 and 7.

Precincts Currently in District 1:

  • Precincts 1, 8, 18 and 35 would move to District 6.
  • Precinct 3 would move to District 5.

Precincts Currently in District 2:

  • Precinct 54 would move into District 1.
  • Precinct 211 would move to District 4.

Precincts Currently in Districts 3:

  • Precincts 23, 24 and 81 would move to District 2.

Precincts Currently in District 4:

  • Precincts 26, 42 and 82 would move to District 1.  
  • Precinct 205 would move to District 5.

Precincts Currently in District 5:

  • No precincts would move out of District 5. Precincts 3 and 205 would be added to District 5.

Precincts Currently in District 6:

  • Precinct 37 would move to District 1.

Draft Plan C

Like Draft Plan B, Draft Plan C closely meets the committee's criteria for new districts. It moves 17 precincts, and five of the seven districts differ from the ideal population of 124,950 by no more than 2%. It also maintains the Republican advantage in districts 6 and 7.

Precincts Currently in District 1:

  • Precincts 1, 8, 18 and 35 would move to District 6.

Precincts Currently in District 2:

  • Precinct 54 would move into District 1.
  • Precincts 146 and 211 would move to District 4.

Precincts Currently in Districts 3:

  • Precincts 23, 24 and 81 would move to District 2.

Precincts Currently in District 4:

  • Precinct 26 would move to District 2.
  • Precincts 42, 82 and 132 would move to District 1. 
  • Precinct 205 would move to District 5.

Precincts Currently in District 5:

  • No precincts would move out of District 5. Precincts 99 and 205 would be added to District 5.

Precincts Currently in District 6:

  • Precinct 99 would move to District 5.
  • Precinct 103 would move to District 7.

Precincts Currently in District 7:

  • No precincts would move out of District 7. Precinct 103 would be added to District 7.