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October 29, 2021
The Hilton Head Island Town Council will host a virtual workshop on redistricting at 1 pm Tuesday, November 2.
Frank Rainwater, Executive Director of the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, will give an overview of redistricting in the state and explain how his office works with local governments to accomplish redistricting.
Redistricting is the process of redrawing state legislative and congressional district boundaries. This occurs every 10 years following the decennial U.S. Census, and is based on numerous criteria, including population and geographical boundaries. It affects all jurisdictions that have single-member elections, whether for members of Congress, state legislatures, county councils, city councils, school boards, etc. and seeks to equalize population among districts.
The state constitution and state law, among other authorities, require South Carolina to redraw electoral lines. Local governments have the authority to redraw lines for their districts. Federal law dictates that redistricting lines be drawn to allow for equal population and comply with the Voting Rights Act to ensure minorities have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice. Districts must be drawn contiguously, so that all parts of the district are connected to each other.
The workshop will be live streamed on the Town's public meetings Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/townofhiltonheadislandmeetings. The workshop presentation is available on the Town's website at hiltonheadislandsc.gov/redistricting/
Following this workshop, the Town will schedule community meetings to allow for public input into the redistricting process. For, more information about redistricting in South Carolina, visit rfa.sc.gov.
Carolyn Grant, Communications Director
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