COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Voters in South Carolina should have an idea by the end of this week of what their Senate and House districts will look like when they go to the polls next year.
The House redistribution planning committee will meet on Wednesday and likely release its map for its 124 redrawn districts based on population growth and changes in the 2020 U.S. census.
A Senate committee released last Thursday a proposed map of that chamber’s 46 districts and is planning a public hearing this Friday.
Both houses suggested they would hold special sessions in early December to approve the State House and Senate cards, as well as a United States House card they would collaborate on.
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The biggest change for the Senate districts was to take the district currently represented by Democratic Senator Dick Harpootlian from Columbia and move it to Charleston.
The move was the conclusion of a cascade of map changes, as many rural and more democratic districts in the rural areas between Charleston and Columbia either lost population or grew more slowly than the state as a whole from 2010 to 2020.
South Carolina added nearly 500,000 people over the decade, with its population increasing 10.7% to more than 5.1 million, according to the new US Census population count.
But that growth was concentrated in areas like Horry County, Charleston and the rest of the coast, York and northern Lancaster County near Charlotte, North Carolina, and around Greenville and Spartanburg.
The house map will likely feature several new neighborhoods in these areas.