GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) – Georgetown County is seeking community input on redistricting maps that could change representation over the next decade.
On Tuesday, the county is holding the first of three town hall meetings on redistricting. They are the following:
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“I know some people have already expressed issues with the current map, and you know they are sharing thoughts with the council about changes they would like to see made,” the county government spokeswoman said. Georgetown, Jackie Broach.
If you cannot attend the meetings in person, you can submit your comments online by clicking here.
After each census, states review how their voting lines are drawn against their population. Georgetown County’s population has increased 5.4% over the past ten years.
Broach said most of the population growth the county has seen over the past decade has occurred in the coastal areas of the Waccamaw Neck. With the biggest changes in population, Broach said this region could see the biggest changes when it comes to the proposed map.
Another district with a lot of changes is District Four which encompasses the city of Georgetown on the current map. Broach said the city would be split into two or even three districts, which she said could be a “controversial change.”
The county has also seen its minority population drop “significantly” over the past decade, which the county’s redistricting website says has made it difficult to represent minorities. Today, just under 30 percent of the county’s population is listed as a minority, according to the latest census.
“What’s set up, you know this winter, if we go with this version of the map, it’s locked in for the next ten years,” Broach said. “It may change your county council representative, it may change your school board representative because school board districts follow county council districts, and it will impact how you will be represented in your local government. over the next ten years.”
Georgetown County Council selected a favorite map at its meeting last week.
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