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February 28, 2022
The Hilton Head Island Town Council's Finance and Administrative Committee will discuss potential final steps for redistricting, the process being used to ensure constitutionally balanced representation and preservation of communities of interest within Island wards, at its special meeting on March 1, 2022.
The meeting is scheduled for 10 am in the Benjamin Racusin Council Chambers at Town Hall, 1 Town Center Court. The public will have an opportunity to make comments at this meeting on all of the various alternatives that have been generated to date as well as suggest other potential additional changes and revisions before the redistricting maps are finalized.
Redistricting is the process of redrawing state legislative and congressional district boundaries. Every 10 years following the Census, the state constitution and state law, among other authorities, require South Carolina to redraw electoral boundaries to account for population shifts and ensure equal representation. This process affects all jurisdictions that have single-member elections, whether for members of Congress, state legislatures, county councils, city councils, school boards, and other political bodies.
The Town has hosted several workshops to gather public input on redistricting. "This information has been used to update our preliminary map to ensure equal distribution of Island residents in each of the Town Council wards," said Josh Gruber, Deputy Town Manager. "We appreciate all the feedback we received from members of the public. The preliminary map and other information will be shared with members of the Finance and Administrative Committee."
Gruber said the public can view all alternative maps showing the most recent proposed changes on the Town's website at https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/redistricting. In addition to providing comments at the meeting, residents may submit comments or questions about redistricting through the Town's website. Finance and Administrative Committee members will be working to identify which map or maps to forward to the full Town Council for consideration and approval. Upon approval, the final map will be forwarded to the Beaufort County Board of Elections, which is responsible for providing citizens with updated voter information based on any changes within Town Council wards, Gruber said.
Carolyn Grant, Communications Director
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