Lawmakers on Tuesday will hold seven public hearings across North Carolina regarding proposed legislative maps that are supposed to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.
The proposed maps have not yet been made public, and it’s unclear when they will be. The joint House and Senate redistricting committees passed criteria last week for drawing the maps.
The maps are ordered to be submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on Sept. 1.
Here are the locations for the public hearings, which will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 22:
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute: 2855 Hickory Blvd, Building B, Room 108, Hudson, NC 28638; *seats 75 people*
Central Piedmont Community College: 1112 Charlottetowne Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; *seats 45-55*
Fayetteville Technical Community College: 2817 Fort Bragg Road, General Classroom Building, Room 108, Fayetteville, NC 28303; *seats 66*
Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown Campus: 601 E Main Street, Medline Campus Center, Room 360, Jamestown, NC 27282 *seats 25-30*
Halifax Community College: 100 College Road, Building 100, Room 108, Weldon, NC 27890; *seats 125*
Legislative Office Building: 300 N Salisbury Street, Room 643, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Beaufort County Community College: 5337 US Hwy 264 E, Building 9, Room 935, Washington, NC; *seats 59*
Individuals who attend the public hearings and plan to speak are required to sign up on a “speaker sheet.” They will have up to three minutes to speak and they will be chosen in the order they sign up. If a speaker is not present when their name is called, they will be skipped and time permitting, recalled at the end of the meeting.
The presiding chair of the hearings can change the guidelines at any time, according to the rules online.
Members of the public can also submit comments to lawmakers about redistricting online here.
Some lawmakers and organizations on social media criticized lawmakers for leaving out many parts of North Carolina.
— Sen. Terry Van Duyn (@TerryVanDuynNC) August 17, 2017
Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) tweeted that most of Western North Carolina was left out of the public hearing process.
“The people in #wnc deserve a chance to voice their concerns in this redistricting process #ncga #avlnews,” she tweeted.
For those who want to attend but aren’t sure which location to go to, a new gerrymandering and redistricting blog, Districks, posted a navigable map for voters to find the closest hearing.