Redistricting Committee

Dissolved - Effective January 9, 2012

Beaufort County is undergoing the 2010 redistricting of Council districts. The Redistricting Committee will oversee the process. Public input is essential to the successful redrawing of district maps in Beaufort County and your County Council urges the input of all citizens during this process.

Adherence to the court-ordered constitutional requirement of one person, one vote means Beaufort County must remap County Council districts and the School Board districts that mirror them. The remapping must take into consideration new census data, which shows that some Beaufort County Council districts grew in population while other districts declined. The law requires the districts be redrawn to ensure they are equal in population and that they maintain contiguous boundaries. Newly redrawn districts must also meet standards set by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, in order to protect the voting rights of minorities. Each of the eleven newly redrawn districts must have an overall population of 14,748, with a margin of error of 5%. That figure represents 1/11 of the total population of 162,233 people.

Mr. Bobby Bowers, Director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board's Division of Research and Statistics has visited Beaufort County to explain redistricting requirements to County Council and he has used state-of-the-art software to present an initial option for redrawing the County's eleven districts. Fortunately, Beaufort County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) uses the same software, and it is able to assist County Council by providing various other mapping options for consideration. Data pertaining to addresses, population and demographics are used to design potential redistricting plans.

2010 Redistricting

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  • Criteria
  • Schedule
    • Public Hearings
      • May 24, 2011, 6 p.m., Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • June 15, 2011, 6 p.m., Hilton Head Island Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island
      • July 18, 2011, 6 p.m., Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
      • August 22, 2011, 6 p.m., Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • September 12, 2011, 6 p.m., Hilton Head Island Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island
    • Redistricting Committee
      • April 18, 2011, 10 a.m., Executive Conference Room, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • May 13, 2011, 9 a.m., Executive Conference Room, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • June 16, 2011, 8 a.m., Executive Conference Room, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • June 27, 2011, 2 p.m., Executive Conference Room, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • July 20, 2011, 10 a.m., Executive Conference Room, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • August 3, 2011, 11:30 a.m., Executive Conference Room, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • August 18, 2011, 8:30 a.m., Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
    • Council
      • November 29, 2010 - Council briefing occurred, Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • April 25, 2011 - Council updated during Council meeting, Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort
      • August 8, 2011- First reading approval / Vote 11:0
      • August 22, 2011 - Second reading approval / Vote 11:0
      • September 12, 2011 - Third and final reading
  • Plan 1 - Computer-generated Starting Point (under consideration)
                By: S.C. Budget and Control Board Division of Research and Statistics
                Statistics
                Map
  • Plan 2 - Council Member Submission
                By: Councilman Herbert Glaze
                Statistics
                Map
  • Plan 3 - Council Member Submission
                By: Councilman Brian Flewelling
                Statistics
                Map
  • Plan 4 - Committee Meeting Product (Third and final reading September 12, 2011)
                Statistics
                Map
                Ordinance (Third and final reading September 12, 2011)