North Carolina now has one congressional redistricting map before the legislature.
Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), chair of the Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee, has filed two bills – one with the map for the congressional districts and one with the map for the state Senate districts. The map for the state House districts is expected to be filed Monday.
A number of possible maps had been presented to the public, and this congressional redistricting map is similar to but slightly different from one of those previous maps. A major redistricting was necessary because North Carolina was granted an additional congressional district after the 2020 Census. Currently North Carolina has 13 districts, and starting with the 2022 election the state will have 14 districts.
The state House and Senate redistricting committees are scheduled to meet Monday, Nov. 1, and could vote to approve the maps.
Regardless, of what the committees and the state House and Senate do, a lawsuit has already been filed by Common Cause over the redistricting process.
The congressional map takes Guilford County, which currently is entirely in the 6th Congressional District and divides the county into three districts.
The northwestern portion of Guilford County and most of Greensboro is in the 11th District along with Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell and Alexander counties and a portion of Watauga County.
The southwestern portion of Guilford County including most of High Point is in the 10th District with Davie, Rowan and Cabarrus counties and portions of Davidson and Iredell counties.
The eastern portion of Guilford County is in the 7th District with Alamance, Randolph, Chatham and Lee counties and portions of Davidson, Wake and Harnett counties. According to Daves Redistricting App, the 11th District is 54.9 percent Republican and 42.8 percent Democrat, the 10th District is 59.3 percent Republican and 38.3 percent Democrat and the 7th District is 56.4 percent Republican and 41.3 percent Democrat.
According to Daves Redistricting App, the Hise map has eight Republican districts, three Democratic districts and three districts that would be considered toss ups. Of the toss ups two lean Republican and one leans Democrat.