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Vance County Redistricting Resource Page

2020 Census results require Vance County to redraw existing districts for the Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Education.  The county held three public listening sessions (September 28th, October 11th, and October 18th) in various parts of the county and have developed three potential options for district changes.  See the three options below.

REFERENCE MAPS AND DATA
CLICK HERE FOR: CHART – CENSUS 2020 – POPULATION BY ELECTORAL DISTRICT
CLICK HERE FOR: MAP – CURRENT VANCE COUNTY ELECTORAL DISTRICTS
CLICK HERE FOR: MAPS – CENSUS 2020 – POPULATION
CLICK HERE FOR: MAP – 2020 CENSUS BLOCKS – SHADED DISTRICTS
CLICK HERE FOR: MAP – 2020 CENSUS BLOCKS – OUTLINED DISTRICTS

BASIS FOR REDRAWING DISTRICT LINES
I. POPULATION EQUALITY – ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE.
The U.S. Supreme Court has held state elected governing bodies must have population equality among election districts, often referred to as the principle of “one person, one vote.” In Reynolds v. Sims, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires population equality in state legislative districts. Article II, Sections 3 and 5 of the N.C. Constitution also requires that both houses of the North Carolina legislature must be redistricted according to population. The U.S. Supreme Court has applied these principles to county and municipal elections districts as well.

II. CALCULATION OF IDEAL POPULATION AND DEVIATION FROM THE IDEAL
To comply with the “one person, one vote” standard, an ideal population is established for each district by dividing the population by the number of elected officials to be elected from districts. Based on 2020 census data, North Carolina is the 10th largest state in the nation, with a total Vance County population of 42,578. There are seven members of the County Commission and School Board elected from districts and thus the ideal population for the districts is 6,083. The lowest population district three is 94% of that ideal or 5,732 and the highest population district seven is 113% of the ideal or 6,880. The chart below shows the approximate population deviation in each of the seven current county commissioner/school board districts.

District 2020 Total Pop. Ideal Pop. Deviation Pop Dev %
1 6,156 6,083 73 1.2%
2 6,197 6,083 114 1.9%
3 5,732 6,083 -351 -5.8%
4 5,952 6,083 -131 -2.2%
5 5,743 6,083 -340 -5.6%
6 5,918 6,083 -165 -2.7%
7 6,880 6,083 797 13.1%

Some deviation from precisely equal districts is permitted for state and local government bodies. A series of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court has established that an overall range of population deviation from the ideal population of less than 10 percent will not be a prima facie violation of the Equal Protection Clause. (Brown vs. Thompson, 462 U.S. 835 (1983)). The N.C. Constitution has been interpreted to require a stricter standard, however. In 2002, the N.C. Supreme Court in Stephenson v. Bartlett, required that no State House or State Senate district may have a census population that is five percent (5%) greater or five percent (5%) smaller than the ideal population for a House or Senate district. No North Carolina case has held this to be the standard for local elected districts however, among election law practitioners it is considered prudent to draft districts to meet both the 10% overall deviation range required by federal law and the plus or minus 5% required by state law. The 10% deviation range for Vance County would be 608 voters. The 5% deviation range would be 304.

III. TRADITIONAL REDISTRICTING CRITERIA
As a legal matter the one-person one vote standard, the Voting Rights Act standards, the equal protection standards and the political gerrymandering standards are required by law. Even if a jurisdiction adheres to these legal standards, a jurisdiction may voluntarily adopt additional criteria for a jurisdiction which are “second order” standards. Put differently after a plan has satisfied the legal requirements a jurisdiction if it plans to consistently apply a standard can adopt additional criteria by which to guide the map drawer. A few of these are listed below:

  1. Compactness
  2. Contiguity
  3. Maintaining communities of interest
  4. Maintaining the least change in current election districts
  5. Protecting incumbent commissioners by not placing two existing commissioners in the same new districts
  6. Using whole precincts to make election administration easier and avoid voter confusion

The decision to adopt additional redistricting criteria is a discretionary one with the county commission.

 

Free Public Wi-Fi Now Available in Downtown Henderson and Kittrell

Vance County and the City of Henderson have partnered with Open Broadband to provide free public Wi-Fi in downtown Henderson.  Service is available outdoors along Garnett Street from Rose Avenue to Orange Street.  Service is also available surrounding the County Courthouse and Plaza, City Hall, the City Police Station, McGregor Hall and Perry  Memorial Library.  The network name is Open Henderson and can be accessed free of charge!

Additionally, Vance County has partnered with Open Broadband and has provided free public Wi-Fi in Kittrell.  Service in Kittrell is available in the Dollar General, Kittrell Grocery, Shell gas station and post office parking lots along US 1 South.  The network name is Open Kittrell and can be accessed free of charge!

Henderson-Vance Industrial Park Land Purchase and Upset Bid Process

Real Property Description: Tract 2, 2.048 acres as shown on Plat Book “Y”, Page 985, Vance County Registry, Bearpond Road, Henderson, NC 27537. Vance County Tax Parcel Number 0453 05005A.

Current Offer: $275,000.00 cash, plus cost of publication, subject to the terms and conditions of Agreement for Purchase and Sale of Land currently submitted.  Please contact Vance County Attorney Jonathan Care for a copy of the agreement for purchase at jcare@jcarelaw.com.  For a copy of the current offer, please click here.

Upset Bids: Shall be submitted to the County Clerk subject to the Agreement for Purchase and Sale of Lane contract currently submitted. An upset bid shall raise the current bid by not less than the greater of ten percent (10%) of the first one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and five percent (5%) of the remainder or $750.00. A qualifying higher bid must also be accompanied by a deposit in the amount of the greater of $750.00 or five percent (5%) of the bid, which may be made by cash, cashier’s check or certified funds. The County will return the deposit of any bid not accepted and will return the bid of an offer subject to upset if a qualifying higher bid is received. The deposit will be forfeited if the bid is withdrawn or upon failure of Bidder to tender the balance of the bid amount.

All bids are subject to public inspection. Sealed bids will not be accepted.

Upset bids will be accepted through Friday, February 26, 2021.

Kelly H. Grissom, Vance County Clerk

252-738-2003

Public Input Needed – Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Floods, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms… what concerns YOU?

Vance County is joining neighboring counties of Franklin, Granville and Warren – as well as participating municipal jurisdictions – to gather ideas from residents and community leaders regarding the Tar River Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. If you have suggestions to help your community become more resilient during future natural disasters, Vance County Emergency Management encourages you to participate in an online public meeting to share your thoughts and concerns.

DATE AND TIME: January 28 at 10 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
Join in on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting.

For additional information contact Brian Short of Vance County Emergency Management at 252-438-8264 or at bshort@vancecounty.org.

 

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The boil water advisory for the following roads has been rescinded.  Customers can contact Envirolink directly at 252-235-4900 for further information and updates.

  • 1636 Rock Mill Road to 2789 Rock Mill Road
  • 4730 NC 39 Hwy South to 7279 Nc 39 Hwy South
  • Foster Road
  • Foster Road Extension

Boil Water Advisory – Vance County Water System

Due to a line break on Rock Mill Road, customers in the following locations are advised to boil their water before drinking.  It is anticipated this advisory will be in place through Tuesday morning when sample tests are completed.  Customers can contact Envirolink directly at 252-235-4900 for further information and updates.

  • 1636 Rock Mill Road to 2789 Rock Mill Road
  • 4730 NC 39 Hwy South to 7279 Nc 39 Hwy South
  • Foster Road
  • Foster Road Extension

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