Redistricting

The basic purpose of redistricting is to equalize population among electoral districts when the Census indicates that a city or state’s population has increased or decreased in the last decade.

Greenville is a growing city. Its population increased 22 percent between 2010 and 2020.  The Constitution requires the City to redraw the lines that define the boundaries for the four City Council district seats.

This page, and the updates provided throughout the process, will ensure transparency during the process.

Public Meetings Set for September and October

The City of Greenville will host four public meetings in September and October, to provide information and gather feedback as the City begins the redistricting process.

Public meetings will be held in each Council district. Residents can attend any of the meetings as the information shared will be the same. All meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and include:

  • Thursday, September 22 - Greenville Technical College, Student Success Center, Building 102 (District 4)
  • Monday, October 3 - Unity Park Welcome Center (District 2)
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Nicholtown Community Center (District 3)
  • Monday, October 17 -  Bobby Pearse Community Center (District 1)

WHY ARE WE REDRAWING DISTRICT LINES?

The 2020 United States Census showed a shift in population density within the city limits, meaning districts are no longer balanced.

The law requires equity, so the City’s redistricting goal is to have four districts as close to the same number of people as possible.

WHO WILL DECIDE THE NEW BOUNDARIES?

City Council members will make final decisions with input from City residents and staff on how the new lines are drawn.

Throughout 2022, this page will be both a resource for updates on the process and a place where City residents will be able to provide feedback.

Overall Population Changes by District

Council District 2010 Population 2020 Population % Population Change Population Change
Needed for Redistricting
1 15,099 16,652 10.29% 1,028
2 14,173 15,497 9.34% 2,183
3 13,763 15,091 9.65% 2,589
4 15,374 23,480 52.73% -5,800
Total 58,409 70,720 21.08%  

Population Totals by Ethnicity & Race

Council District 2010 Hispanic  2020 Hispanic 2010 Non-Hispanic White 2020 Non-Hispanic White 2010 Non-Hispanic Black* 2020 Non-Hispanic Black*
1 1,045 1,278 12,437 12,733 1,091 1,541
2 425 948 5,561 7,683 7,935 6,381
3 1,514 1,308 4,638 7,145 7,286 6,065
4 459 1,394 13,140 17,943 1,365 2,634
Total 3,443 4,928 35,776 45,504 17,677 16,621

Percent of Total Population by Ethnicity & Race

Council District 2010 % Hispanic 2020 % Hispanic 2010 % Non-Hispanic White 2020 % Non-Hispanic White 2010 % Non-Hispanic Black* 2020 % Non-Hispanic Black*
1 6.92% 7.67% 82.37% 76.47% 7.23% 9.25%
2 3.00% 6.12% 39.24% 49.58% 55.99% 41.18%
3 11.00% 8.67% 33.70% 47.35% 52.94% 40.19%
4 2.99% 5.94% 85.47% 76.42% 8.88% 11.22%

*Includes people who identify as Non-Hispanic Black (single race) and Non-Hispanic multiple race Black and White. 
Source: Statistics derived from the Decennial Census P.L. 94-171, Table 2 Redistricting Data within the Esri Redistricting Online Web Application

WHEN WILL NEW DISTRICTS BE CREATED?

In January 2022, City Council started the redistricting process by passing Resolution 2022-07.

In August, City Council will approve the process, including the timeline, to be used in the redistricting process.

In September and October, there will be a series of open forums where Greenville residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the process.

In November, City staff will start creating a draft map using the public input and guidance from Council. There will then be a public forum to receive comments on the proposed map.

A map will be ready for final approval between mid-December and January 2023.

Council’s January resolution dictates the process should finish as far ahead of the March 2023 City Council filing deadline as possible. The next City election is in November 2023.

HOW WILL THE NEW MAP BE CREATED?

Per City Council’s January resolution, the newly drawn map will:

  • Meet the requirement of “one person, one vote” under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
  • Comply with the Voting Rights Act, primarily Section 2, which protects the interest of the racial minority population
  • Have contiguous districts
  • Minimize the division of voting precincts
  • Be geographically compact
  • Follow existing districts and communities as much as possible
  • Comply with all other applicable court decisions and federal and State laws

HOW CAN WE BE SURE IT IS FAIR?

The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice is responsible for enforcement of provisions of the Voting Rights Act that seek to ensure that redistricting plans do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in a protected language minority group. The City of Greenville is working with attorneys who are experienced in redistricting law to ensure our process is equitable and transparent.