Press release from the office of Senator Chuck Edwards:
Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson), ranking member of the Senate Redistricting Committee, announces that the North Carolina Senate and House Redistricting Committees will hear public comment on Sept. 21. Senator Edwards will be presiding over the meeting.
The Senate and House Redistricting Committees are traveling to each of the 13 Congressional Districts throughout the month of September to gather feedback from the public on the redistricting criteria and process. By the conclusion of the process, a public hearing will have occurred in each of the state’s current congressional districts.
Sen. Edwards commented, “This is an opportunity for citizens in the 11th Congressional District to participate first-hand in a historical process that will significantly impact elections and government policy for the next decade. We feel so strongly the public should contribute to this monumental work, that we and our legislative staff are traveling around the state to listen. I hope the citizens living in 11 District will recognize the important role they bear and join us on Sept. 21.”
NC’s constitution requires that all state legislative and congressional district maps be redrawn after the U.S. Census every ten years. The process has been delayed this year because the census results were slow coming in due to the pandemic.
On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 5 pm, a public hearing on redistricting will take place at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. This hearing aims to gain input from citizens in the 11th Congressional District in North Carolina.
Members of the public may share their opinions on redistricting matters in person at the hearing. They may also submit their comments online at any time on the legislature’s website.
Those wishing to speak at the September 21, 2021, public hearing at Western Carolina University may sign up on-site beginning one hour before the start time. Members of the public may also sign up online to speak at the hearing. You can find the speaker registration link under the “2021 Redistricting” section of the News & Information segment of the legislature’s home page. The online sign-up portal will close four hours prior to start time.
When: September 21, 2021 @ 5 pm
Where: Western Carolina University
Health & Human Services Building
3971 Little Savannah Road
Cullowhee, NC 28723