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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Public Input Sought for Redistricting of the City's 4 Voting Wards

Redistricting area of interest to balance Wards 1 & 4 (September 15, 2021 Meeting)

Redistricting of City Wards

The Redistricting Advisory Committee is in the process of looking at options for redrawing ward boundaries for the City’s 4 wards. Their work utilizes the 2020 Census data and by state law must be completed by November.  The City's current ward map was drawn as a result of the 2010 Census data, and criteria by federal mandate. The committee is seeking input from Jacksonville's Citizens.  The City website for redistricting, includes options discussed by the committee as well as information on the redistricting process and resource links.

Scope of Work 

The committee will have work sessions from August – October with the goal of submitting the draft boundaries to the Mayor and Council for adoption in November. They will work with 2020 Census data, consider geographical boundaries and voting data in drafting the ward boundary options  for each of the City’s 4 wards. The committee will also seek Citizen input on the options for each ward before making a final recommendation to City Council. Standards for the redistricting process require that each ward has a standard population within 5%+ or 5%-  of all other wards.  

G10TVWhere to Watch or Attend Meetings

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. 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:

  • Session 4 - September 22, 2021(5:30PM): Draft Ward Boundaries
  • Session 5 - September 29, 2021(5:30PM): Draft Ward Boundaries
  • Session 6 - October 6, 2021(5:30-7:30PM): Public Input Session
  • Session 7 - October 13, 2021 (5:30PM): Finalize Ward Boundaries
  • Session 8 - November 3, 2021, (5PM): Public Hearing and Adoption

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.

Email Public Comments to the City Clerk, cmiracle@jacksonvillenc.gov

Jacksonville's Redistricting webpage
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