The article, “Members Of The Citizens Redistricting Committee Now Have Names,” incorrectly stated that the first meeting of the committee would be in the Plaza Level Conference Room.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and is a public meeting, but in keeping with the City Council policy to hold all meetings of city boards, commissions and committees virtually because of surge in COVID-19 cases, this meeting will also be virtual.
The public cannot attend the meeting but can view the meeting at https://youtube.com/user/CityofGreensboroNC
The first meeting of the Citizens’ Redistricting Committee is supposed to be largely informational, with presentations on the process and the legal standards for redistricting.
The City Council has hired Mac McCarley of the law firm Parker Poe to oversee the redistricting. At the Aug. 31 City Council meeting, McCarley said he planned for the Citizens’ Redistricting Committee to meet four times with the second being the first meeting where the committee would actually work on maps.
According to the plan, the third meeting will be to receive public input on the maps the committee has drawn. And at that meeting the committee will also consider proposed redistricting maps presented to them that are drawn by any interested parties. McCarley said that in the redistricting process it was not unusual to have maps presented by individuals or organizations.
At the fourth meeting the proposed redistricting maps will be finalized before being presented to the Greensboro City Council.
Once the redistricting map or maps drawn by the Citizens’ Redistricting Committee are presented, the City Council has the option of accepting the map as drawn, tweaking the map with some minor changes or throwing the whole thing out and drawing its own map.
According to the 2020 Census data, the current City Council districts are only out of compliance with the strictest standards courts have used by 0.01 percent in District 2, which means only minor adjustments would be needed to bring the current districts into compliance.