AN ACT DIRECTING THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE TO CREATE ELECTORAL DISTRICTS AND, IF ELECTORAL DISTRICTS ARE NOT TIMELY CREATED, PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF THOSE DISTRICTS.
Directs the City of Asheville to amend its charter, by November 1, 2017, to create electoral districts, as described, for city council members, for use in the 2019 municipal elections. Directs the city to file a copy of its charter amendments and submit a report of the completed plans to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by November 15, 2017.
Provides that, if the city fails to create electoral districts as required above, the following changes apply.
Amends the Charter of the City of Asheville to provide that the three city council members who are elected with the highest number of votes in the 2019 election will serve a fouryear term, and the three other members will serve a twoyear term. Beginning with the 2021 election, all council member terms will be four years. Creates six separate districts within the city, and designates one seat on the city council to represent each district. Describes the shape of each district in terms of 2010 Census Redistricting TIGER/Line Shapefiles.
Clarifies that the mayor is nominated and elected from the city at large.
Directs that all Asheville City Council members elected in 2017 will serve a twoyear term. Provides that the structure of the Asheville City Council will not be altered under GS Chapter 160A, Article 5, Part 4, prior to the return of the 2020 Census.
Repeals SL 1969165 (regarding the term of office for Asheville City Council members).
Nothing in the act affects the power of the City of Asheville to annex.
Directs the Legislative Services Officer to certify a true copy of the block assignment file associated with any mapping software used to generate the language describing the shapes of the new electoral districts, and to deliver a certified true copy of the block assignment file to the Clerk of the City of Asheville.
Applies to elections held on or after the date the bill becomes law.