North Carolina law specifies that every ten years, when the census is published, cities with voting districts must ensure the districts are close to the same size in population. This process helps make sure each person’s vote will carry the same weight.
High Point's Population and Wards
Number of wards: 6
City’s 2020 population: 114,059
Ideal ward population: 19,010
Allowable range: 18,061 to 19,959
No district can have fewer than 18,061 people – 4.99% below ideal
No district can have more than 19,959 people – 4.99% above ideal
The numbers used are “total population” – all people, regardless of age
Equal population (required)
Total population, not voting age population or registered voters
Consideration of certain administrative boundaries (using whole precincts as building blocks, e.g.)
Avoiding pairing incumbents (also known as “double-bunking”) AND/OR ignoring the residences of incumbents
Preserving the core of existing wards AND/OR ignoring existing wards (i.e., clean slate)
Recognizing communities of interest (prioritizing the intactness of neighborhoods or other historical, cultural, or economic communities)
Seeking to have boundaries follow visible physical features like roads, waterways, and other geographic features
Plan for population changes
Determine the necessity of redistricting based on population disparities
Reach consensus on criteria/guiding principles
Consultants to draw two to three alternative plans
Potential for receipt of plans from members of the public
Review/revision of plans
Adoption of resolution for selected plan
Export of plans to the Board of Elections, GIS department, etc.
9/19/2022: Initial introductory meeting
10/3/2022: Selection of criteria
11/21/2022: Presentation of proposed plans
12/29/2022: Deadline for all requests for changes
1/17/2023: Work session to evaluate requested changes and feasibility
2/6/2023: Presentation of revised plans
3/6/2023: Public hearing
4/3/2023: Adoption of resolution
Current High Point Wards Map
Council is currently considering four redistricting options.
High Point Wards Map Option A
High Point Wards Map Option B
High Point Wards Map Option C1
High Point Wards Map Option C2
Options A and B generally preserve the cores of the existing districts, while options C1 and C2 are variations on blank slate plans. The variations in C1 and C2 come down to contiguity versus precinct integrity. Option A keeps the Alderbrook subdivision together.
An interactive map of the current and proposed wards is also available at the link below.