The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed the N.C. House, Senate, and Congressional redistricting maps of 2021.
For the first time in North Carolina history, the legislature voluntarily chose not to use partisan election data in drawing maps. Also, this was the most transparent redistricting process in state history, with the entire map drawing process being streamed online with both audio and video.
“For the first time ever, the legislature voluntarily decided not to use election data in crafting the maps. We focused only on traditional criteria like keeping counties and cities whole. North Carolinians can be proud of what has been the most transparent redistricting process in state history.” – Chairman Destin Hall.
The 2020 census showed that N.C.’s population increase required an additional seat to be added to the North Carolinian congressional delegation, bringing the number of U.S. House seats to 14. This addition also increases North Carolina’s number of electoral votes to 16 in presidential election. The number of electoral votes is calculated by adding a state’s number of U.S. Representatives and the state’s two Senators.
North Carolinians should check to see if their electoral districts have changed. Before voting, North Carolinians should double check their districts. This can easily be done on the North Carolina Board of Elections website.