Senate Gearing Up for Redistricting Process

5:47 PM, Mar 1, 2011   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolinians will soon start to see the affects of the 2010 census.

State lawmakers have started to make plans to tackle redistricting. The process could change the district boundaries or the number of people served by local lawmakers.

Senator Glenn McConnell, a Republican from Charleston County, says the state's population has increased so much that South Carolina will have an additional U.S. congressional seat.

"We're required every ten years to do it, and that is to make sure that everybody is equally represented in terms of the number of people in a particular house district, senate district, congressional district.  Additionally though, and most importantly is we seek public input. We'd like to know what they think are the right criteria that we should consider for drawing these districts," he said.

McConnell says they're on a tight schedule and he hopes to have the process completed in June.  In addition to a signature from Governor Nikki Haley, the U.S. Justice Department must approve their final plan.

He says the state will hold about eight public hearings to get feedback from you on their plans.

They're set to begin in late March, and will be held all over the state.

Click here to visit the senate's redistricting website.

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