Summerville Town Council will hold a public hearing for the purpose of determining the set of criteria that will be used to create a preliminary redistricting plan for the Town of Summerville. The public hearing will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at Summerville Town Hall (200 S. Main Street) in Council Chambers.
In developing the preliminary plan, the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (RFA) recommends the following constitutional and statutory provisions:
- The requirement of “one person, one vote” under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and accepted variances.
- The Voting Rights Act, primarily Section 2, which protects the interest of the racial minority population.
- Other applicable court decisions and federal and state law.
Further, RFA recommends the following set of traditional redistricting principles be considered:
- Districts or wards will be drawn contiguously so that all parts of the district or ward are connected to each other.
- Districts or wards will be drawn to minimize the division of voting precincts.
- Districts or wards will be geographically compact to the extent practicable, such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for a more distant population.
- Districts or wards will be drawn, when feasible, with respect to existing districts and communities of interests, which will require input from Council and the citizens.
- Districts or wards will be drawn to comply with other applicable court decisions and federal and state laws.