The North Carolina Senate has released some of the congressional redistricting maps submitted, and several split Guilford County into three congressional districts.
All of Guilford County and an eastern portion of Forsyth County currently make up the 6th Congressional District, which is represented by Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Manning.
When the congressional districts were redrawn before the 2020 election, the 6th District went from being a Republican district to a Democratic district.
Map CBK-3 puts High Point and the southwestern corner of Guilford County into the 10th District with Davie, Rowan and Cabarrus counties and portions of Davidson and Iredell counties.
The eastern portion of Guilford County, including much of Greensboro, would be in the 7th District with Alamance, Randolph, Chatham, Lee counties and parts of Wake and Harnett counties.
The northwest portion of Guilford County, also including a good portion of Greensboro, would be in the 9th District with Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes and Alexander counties and a portion of Watauga County.
The state’s two largest counties, Wake and Mecklenburg, are also be divided into three congressional districts by map CBK-3.
Both maps CBK-4 and CBK-5 would keep the 6th District pretty much as it is with all of Guilford County and a portion of Forsyth County that includes most of Winston-Salem.
Map CST-2 also divides Guilford County into three districts with a somewhat similar configuration to CMK-3. Parts of Guilford would be in the 7th District, the 9th District and the 10th District.
Major changes will have to be made in the North Carolina congressional districts regardless of what happens to Guilford County. Because of its growth in population, North Carolina gained a congressional seat in the 2020 Census and the state will have to be divided into 14 equal districts rather than the current 13.
In accordance with the Census figures, each district should be drawn to have a population of 745,671. Unlike City Council districts or Board of Commissioner districts, where a deviation of up to 5 percent is allowed, congressional districts are supposed to be as close to that 745,671 number as possible.
For example, in map CST-2, eight districts are exactly 745,761 and six districts are at 745,760.