In what’s likely to be one of the liveliest and most passionate debates in years, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is officially beginning its discussions on redistricting Guilford County.
Commissioners from both parties are expected to have a lot to say about the next district maps.
The same types of heated debates over redistricting are already taking place all over the state and the country.
The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. to be held in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House in downtown Greensboro. The purpose of the special meeting is “to review and consider adoption of redistricting guidelines for county commissioner districts and to conduct any other necessary business.”
The meeting is closed to the public due to COVID-19 worries, but it can be viewed on Zoom with a computer, tablet or smartphone at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87864709723. (If required, enter meeting ID 878 6470 9723 at the prompt.)
The meeting will also be live-streamed on Guilford County’s Facebook page.
Every ten years the county reshapes its districts to maintain voter equity based on new population numbers from the federal census. Recently, the county got updated numbers and county leaders are now ready to draw the new lines.
Last month, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said the process will be fair and also pointed out that any new district maps proposed by the Democratic-majority Board of Commissioners will need to be approved by the state legislature where Republicans hold the majority.
Alston said at a work session on Thursday, Sept. 2 that he was establishing a committee of county commissioners to delve into the matter. He said that commissioners interested in being on the committee should let him know in the near future. When it suddenly became apparent that every commissioner in the room was interested in being on the committee, Alston said they may very well end up with a redistricting committee that included all nine board members.
While committees formed by the chair are usually a subgroup of the board, Alston said there was nothing in the rules to prevent all the commissioners from serving on a committee.