Why map your community?

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Mapping your community and identifying its shared interests allows public officials to take your community’s concerns into account during redistricing.

What is

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Every ten years, the United States draws new voting districts. District lines decide who votes for which representatives in local, state, and federal elections.

What is gerrymandering?

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Politicians have been splitting up or packing together communities into voting districts that silence their voices. Mapping your community of interest helps fight gerrymandering.

What is a Community of Interest?

A Community of Interest is a geographic area that shares cultural, historical, or economic interests.

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Your neighborhood
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People you want to choose representatives with
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A local group connected by an interest

Redistricting in your state:

In South Carolina, districts are drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each chamber.

While South Carolina, like all states, must follow the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina’s state laws do not list additional criteria. That being said, the 2011 South Carolina redistricting committees adopted guidelines requiring that state legislative and congressional districts: 

  • be compact
  • be contiguous
  • preserve political subdivisions
  • preserve communities of interest
  • preserve the cores of prior districts
  • avoid pairing incumbents.

In the redistricting process, your state has previously required the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Under state guidelines, a community of interest is a population that shares economic, social and cultural, historic influences, or commonality of communications. In South Carolina, communities may share political beliefs or voting behaviors. Add your community to contribute your voice to the redistricting process.

See community maps drawn in South Carolina