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Your last chance to voice your opinion: House redistricting meeting scheduled Monday, Oct. 4, in Columbia

The final in-person/remote access meeting for public input on redrawing South Carolina voting/representation districts is this afternoon

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Individuals have one last chance to voice their opinion about redrawing voting and representation districts in South Carolina as the House Redistricting committee will hold a public hearing on the matter Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

The meeting will be in-person with remote access options and will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Blatt Building, Room 1110, at 1105 Pendleton Street in Columbia. The meeting will livestream here.

If you cannot make the meeting in person or online, written testimony may be submitted to redistricting@schouse.gov.

Redistricting occurs every ten years after the US Census Bureau releases the latest population data. Below is a view of the current district maps in Richland and Lexington counties.

According to the Associated Press, the new maps of U.S. House and state Senate and House districts that must be approved by the General Assembly will likely also face a court review. Candidates will need to have those new districts in place before filing for the 2022 primaries and election begins in March. Lawmakers from rural and minority districts want lawmakers to let some districts be larger or smaller in population than allowed in past redistricting to prevent diminished representation .

Credit: WLTX