Jacksonville Citizens attended the Public Input Session, October 6, 2021 at City Hall to provide comments on the redistricting of the City’s voting wards. The session was an open format where Citizens may stop by anytime between 5:30-7:30PM. Public Comment was also accepted through the City's Social Media platforms, on the City website and through the City Clerk's office.
At the Public Input Session, Citizens viewed current voting ward maps, maps with options to redraw and balance the City's 4 voting wards and provide comments for consideration by the Redistricting Advisory Committee. The Redistricting Advisory Committee is made up of 7 Jacksonville Citizens selected by the Mayor and City Council.
In the process of redrawing ward boundaries, the work by the Redistricting Advisory Committee utilizes the 2020 Census data, which by state law, must be completed by November of this year. US Census officials released Census data in August, 2021, provided updated census blocks and boundary lines for Jacksonville based on that data. As a result, population in the wards have shifted beyond the legally allowed plus or minus 5% difference between the wards.
The Redistricting Committee task is to balance population between the wards within the plus or minus 5% allowable variance. To do this, they are looking at options to redraw some of the existing ward boundaries.
The Redistricting Advisory Committee will consider public comments received and discuss options to balance the City's 4 voting wards. They will present their recommendations to City Council at the 5PM November 3, 2021 Regular Council Meeting. A Public Hearing for redistricting is also scheduled as part of the November 3 meeting.
As Onslow County COVID-19 numbers continue to cause concern, all persons will be required to properly wear face masks in City Hall and the number of people allowed in Council Chambers will be limited to 20 in total. To request an accommodation for a disabling condition, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Carmen Miracle 910 938-5224 or TDD 910 455-8852.
Redistricting meetings will be broadcast on G10TV, streamed live on the City's facebook page, made available on g10tv.org and the City’s YouTube channel.
The City’s Redistricting Committee will meet with City staff in City Council Chambers at 5:30PM on Wednesdays as needed, beginning August 25, 2021, to meet the North Carolina November deadline. The public may attend meetings, but input from Citizens will occur at a future public input meeting. Please check back to the City website for updates as they become available.
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As Onslow County COVID-19 numbers continue to cause concern, all persons will be required to properly wear face masks in City Hall and the number of people allowed in Council Chambers will be limited to 20 in total.