AN ACT TO ALLOW THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATION IN THE 2020 VOTING DISTRICT VERIFICATION PROJECT WITH THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF THE CENSUS AND TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS TO REVIEW PRECINCT LINES IN ADVANCE OF THE 2030 CENSUS. Enacted May 29, 2019. Effective May 29, 2019, except as otherwise provided.
Summary date: May 29 2019 - View Summary
Summary date: May 23 2019 - View Summary
Senate amendments make the following changes to the 1st edition.
Senate amendment #1 adds to the proposed changes to GS 163A-1065 to now require prior approval of the voting districts report by the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections (State Board) before the Legislative Services Officer submits the report to the Bureau of the Census (Bureau) for the 2020 Census Redistricting Program.
Senate amendment #2 further modifies the proposed changes to GS 163A-1065 to now require the Legislative Services Officer to provide a copy of the report submitted to the Bureau to the chair of each recognized political party in addition to the Executive Director of the State Board. Adds a new requirement for the Legislative Services Officer to post the report on the General Assembly's website at the time of the report to the Bureau.
Summary date: May 7 2019 - View Summary
Amends GS 163A-1065 concerning reporting of voting districts for the 2020 Census Redistricting Program. Directs the Legislative Services Officer (was, the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections) to report to the US Bureau of the Census (Bureau) the state's voting precincts based upon the 2010 Census block boundaries to be used in developing the geography for the 2020 Census as voting districts (was, the voting districts as of January 1, 2018, to be used in the 2020 Census as voting districts). Transfers the timely reporting and participation in the Bureau's verification program to the Legislative Services Officer (was the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections). Directs the Legislative Services Officer to provide a copy of the submission to the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections. Makes conforming changes.
Repeals Section 7(c) of SL 2016-109, which directed the State Board of Elections (State Board) to develop a proposed voting district map to submit to the specified NCGA committee and the Legislative Services Office by December 1, 2016.
Makes the following changes to Section (7d) of SL 2016-109 concerning proposed precinct boundaries of the county boards of elections. Adds a new requirement for the Executive Director of the State Board (Executive Director) to provide each county board, by July 1, 2019, with a copy of the Legislative Services Officer's voting district report submitted pursuant to GS 163A-1065, as amended, as applicable to each county. Now requires county boards to report to the Executive Director and the Legislative Services Officer any requested changes in the precinct boundaries reported to the Bureau for the Phase 2 Voting District Project by October 1, 2019 (was, by November 1, 2017, to be used in elections held on or after January 1, 2018; previously required the State Board to consult with the Legislative Services Office about the proposed changes to precinct boundaries to submit a statewide map of updated precinct boundaries to the Bureau for the Phase 2 Project). Eliminates the provisions requiring the State Board to develop criteria for counties to use in developing proposed changes, notify counties of the requirement to submit proposed changes, and facilitate the counties in developing the proposed changes. Directs the Legislative Services Officer and the Executive Director to determine if any changes to the precinct boundaries are needed upon receipt of the responses from the county boards of elections regarding the voting districts geography for the 2020 Census (previously required the Executive Director and the Legislative Services Office to determine if any alterations are needed in order to comply with specified state law requiring precinct boundaries to coincide with Census block boundaries upon receipt of the voting districts geography from the Bureau for the 2020 Census).
Amends GS 163A-1071 concerning alterations to approved precinct boundaries. Specifies that the standards for precinct boundaries established by the State Board are to be used by the Executive Director and the county boards in changing precinct boundaries under the statute. Modifies the parameters the State Board's standards must comply with to now require precinct boundaries to coincide with Census block boundaries as set forth in the TIGER/Line Shapefiles associated with the most recent federal decennial census (previously did not specify which Census block boundaries). Makes technical and clarifying changes. Effective January 1, 2020.
Summary date: May 6 2019 - View Summary
To be summarized.