Public to vet council map The City of Charleston is holding several public forums this week after a very contentious City Council vote on council district lines. Every decade, local governments are required to use updated census numbers to redraw the districts to make sure each has nearly the same number of voters. They also have the added hurdle of insuring racial parity.
A plan approved by a slim majority of council members would create a new Johns Island district, eliminate a peninsula district, and redraw District 6 with less of a presence on the peninsula. Current City Council boundaries leave only one majority African-American district. The updated plan would provide three strong African-American districts.
The city needs to move swiftly on the map in order to get U.S. Justice Department approval before November elections. Meetings will be tonight at 6 p.m. at Burke High School, Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Keith School in Cainhoy and 8 p.m. at 75 Calhoun St., Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St. Andrews Middle School, and Thursday at 7 p.m. at James Island Recreation Center
More information is available at charleston-sc.gov/redistricting.