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Redistricting for Local Governments After the 2010 Census

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Across North Carolina, many cities, counties, and school units elect the members of their governing boards from districts. For most of them, the 2010 census will bring the requirement of redistricting—a task that can be legally challenging (as well as politically daunting).

In this one-day program, we will look at the following:

  • census data: how you get it and how you use it
  • one-person-one-vote: the law of equal protection
  • the Voting Rights Act: the use of race in drawing districts
  • the law of the politics of redistricting: incumbent protection and party representation
  • the practicalities of drawing district lines: consultants, lawyers, software, and procedures
  • timelines: when you must act

Topics - Local and State Government

  • General Structure and Authority
  • Other Local Government Functions and Services

Who should attend

Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles Attorneys County Attorneys Municipal Attorneys School Attorneys City and County Managers Managers and Supervisors


Bob Joyce joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1980. He previously practiced law with Chadbourne & Parke in New York and with Barber & Joyce in Pittsboro, NC. He is a past member of the executive committees of the Education Law Section of the North Carolin...