Wake County today released a map showing how staff propose to adjust the geographic boundaries of the seven residential districts of the Board of Commissioners, based on the results of the 2020 Census. The county’s population has increased 25% in the past decade.
North Carolina law allows counties to adjust the districts in which their commissioners live after a Census to ensure the population is balanced. This prevents one district from having significantly more people living in it than another.
Each Wake County commissioner resides in a separate district but is elected by, and represents, the entire county. Therefore, the electorate for each commissioner will not change as a result of any revisions.
Roughly 228,000 more residents now call Wake County home than in 2010. The proposed map shows where staff recommend shifting the districts lines slightly to ensure the populations are balanced within 5% of one another. The districts were last adjusted in 2011, after the 2010 Census.
Public Invited to Comment on Map
Wake County believes that when residents have a voice in their government, everyone benefits. That’s why the county has opened a public comment period with multiple ways to share feedback on the proposed map through Nov. 1.
By visiting our online portal, residents can offer their thoughts whenever it’s convenient for them. All comments gathered will be shared with the board and made public.
- In Person
Residents can also comment on the proposal at two upcoming public hearings. Each will be held during the following regularly scheduled board meetings at the Wake County Justice Center:
- Monday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m.; and
- Monday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m.
The board will review all feedback provided on the recommended adjustments. The commissioners are slated to vote on the new maps immediately after the Nov. 1 public hearing. They are also scheduled to vote on whether to reaffirm the elections system last established by the Commission in 2011, about which residents may also comment. The statutory deadline to complete the process is Nov. 17.
The county has created a webpage with helpful information about this process and the proposed changes. It features a tool that shows which district you live in and if the recommendations will impact you. It also provides the current residential district map and the proposed map, as well as a breakdown of population in each district.