County Council Districts
Announcement - Public Hearing
Richland County Redistricting Public Hearing: County Administration Building, Council Chambers, Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM.
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Redistricting in Richland County
Redistricting is the process of redrawing Council districts that takes place every 10 years. Click here to see proposed redistricting maps for the County's 11 districts. (The link will open a PDF file.)
- Nov. 18, 2021 – Council conducts a work session to receive the 2020 Redistricting Benchmark Report from the S.C. Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (SCRFA) and set a course of action for redistricting.
- Dec. 16, 2021 – Council approves first reading of an ordinance establishing new electoral districts for the election of members of Richland County Council.
- Dec. 17, 2021-Jan. 18, 2022 – Public review and comment period, with proposed redistricting maps available online and at specified Richland Library branches (Jan. 10-14, 2022)
- Jan. 4, 2022 – Council approves second reading of the ordinance
- Jan. 18, 2022 – Public hearing, 6 p.m., County Council Chambers
- Feb. 8, 2022 – Third reading of the ordinance during County Council's meeting, 6 p.m.
The public is invited to an in-person hearing on redistricting Tuesday, Jan. 18 in County Council Chambers, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia. Find out more.
Why is redistricting necessary, and what’s driving it?
The “Redistricting in South Carolina” document, published by SCRFA, answers frequently asked questions about redistricting.
How does redistricting in Richland County impact me?
Depending on where you live in Richland County, your home could fall within a new Council district and you could be represented by a different County Councilmember. The best way to see how redistricting might impact you is to review the map for your district, looking for the street or neighborhood where you live, and checking the current and proposed district boundaries.
How do I read the maps?
- Start with the map for the district where you currently live. Find your current Council district by going to the Richland County GIS webpage (www.richlandmaps.com), clicking the icon for the Geo Info application, and entering your street address. In the results, the political information will list your current County Council district and representative.
- On your district map, look for your home location, referring to street names, landmarks, voting precinct names (printed in red) and municipal boundaries (shaded in gray).
- Once you find your residence, check for:
- The red outlines, which indicate the current council district boundaries.
- The colored shading, which indicates the proposed district boundaries.
What significant changes to Council district lines are being proposed?
- Districts 1, 4, and 5 (represented by Councilmembers Bill Malinowski, Paul Livingston and Allison Terracio, respectively) remain largely unchanged.
- District 2 (represented by Councilmember Derrek Pugh) is losing portions of the North Columbia area and an area south of Blythewood to District 7 (represented by Councilmember Gretchen Barron).
- District 3 (represented by Councilmember Yvonne McBride) is losing a portion of Ward 6 and all of north Forest Acres to District 6 (represented by Councilmember Joe Walker III).
- District 8 (represented by Councilmember Overture Walker) shifts northward, absorbing the Longcreek neighborhood in the northwestern portion of District 9 (represented by Councilmember Jesica Mackey). As a result of that shift, District 3 gains the Trenholm Road and Arcadia voting precincts, and District 6 gains the Satchelford voting precinct.
- District 10 (represented by Councilmember Cheryl English) gains the area southeast of Fort Jackson, bounded by Congaree and Piney Branch roads, to the Garners Ferry area currently in District 11 (represented by Councilmember Chakisse Newton).
How do I give input?
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.
- Fill out a comment card at the library and drop in the comment box by noon Jan. 14.
- Attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 18.
Who can address my questions about redistricting?
Submit questions to email@example.com.