By on 11.1.21 in Elections & Voting

This piece will be updated throughout the week as more questions come in. If you have a question about redistricting (or are a journalist writing a piece) please email demography@unc.edu and we’ll do our best to answer your question.

We have been receiving a lot of questions concerning redistricting and the upcoming release of the redrawn maps in North Carolina.

We’ve talked about redistricting a lot, including what it is, why it’s complicated, and what the ideal district sizes are.

Here are some answers to some other common questions we’ve received:

What kinds of data are not being used in redistricting?

The data used in redistricting are the 2020 Census State Redistricting Data (also referred to as Public Law 94-171 or PL 94-171 data). This data is released for very small geographic areas—down to a census geography known as a “tabulation block.” These small geographies allow lawmakers to better draw districts with equal populations.

North Carolina is one of at least three states where Republican-led legislatures aren’t using racial or party data to draw state lines. (The others are Texas and Ohio.)

What has happened so far?

FiveThirtyEight has a good recap of what’s happened in North Carolina up through October 27th, when the North Carolina Senate Redistricting and Elections committee released its eighth congressional map, CST-10. The House Redistricting Committee has release one map.

WFAE’s redistricting overview has a great roundup of how redistricting works in North Carolina. The News and Observer’s guide details why lawsuits are likely, and has a slew of other deep-dives on redistricting in the state.

How can I understand proposed changes?

The Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York worked in partnership with the NC Counts Coalition to create the Redistricting & You: North Carolina online map. This tool helps individuals compare and analyze proposed district maps in North Carolina.

When will we see North Carolina’s finalized maps?

Maps must be made before December 6, because that’s the day when people can begin filing for congressional races. It’s likely they will be released in early November, according to the AP.

Where can I learn more?


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