Every 10 years, states must redraw their legislative districts based on the most recent federal Census data.
This process, known as redistricting, requires the General Assembly to follow a very specific, very technical set of guidelines. There are numerous criteria each district must meet, including containing a relatively similar population size and meeting guidelines concerning contiguity, compactness, communities of interest and observing natural or political boundaries, all while maintaining majority-minority districts.
Next week, the Senate will host two redistricting hearings, one virtual and one in-person at Legislative Hall, to provide members of the public with an opportunity to provide input and suggestions on draft district maps.
To register for the in-person hearing to be held on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., visit: tiny.cc/redistricting2