The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in order to work out some preliminary details for the coming commissioners districts’ redistricting process – a once-a-decade event that invariably is a contentious one.

As population shifts in the county occur, new lines have to be drawn in order to assure fair representation for voters across the county.

Based on the latest census information that Guilford County recently received, the commissioners, led by Democratic Chairman Skip Alston, will attempt to forge a new map of Guilford County districts that can get a majority of votes from the commissioners and also garner approval from state legislators.

The commissioners have said that they’re expecting a great deal of input – and a whole lot of suggested maps – from many political players this year.  At the meeting, the board will attempt to establish a fair and orderly system to receive that input from the general public and interested parties. 

Officially, the purpose of the Thursday afternoon meeting is “to review the Guilford County redistricting public portal and webpage, and to conduct any other necessary business.”

The county hopes a web-based system for collecting that input will bring order to the process.

The meeting will be held in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro. However, due to the pandemic, members of the public won’t be able to watch it in person.

Those who are interested can view the meeting by using Zoom with a computer, tablet or smartphone.  They should visit the address  (If required, enter meeting ID 883 5632 2744 at the prompt.)

The meeting will also be live-streamed on Guilford County’s Facebook page.