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Public may comment on N.C. redistricting Tuesday at WCU

State Sen. Chuck Edwards, ranking member of the Senate Redistricting Committee, invited the public take part when the North Carolina Senate and House Redistricting Committees hear public comment at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

The meeting location is the Health & Human Services Building, 3971 Little Savannah Road.

The Senate and House Redistricting Committees are traveling to each of the state's 13 congressional districts throughout the month of September to gather feedback from the public on the redistricting criteria and process. By the conclusion of the process, a public hearing will have occurred in each of the state's current congressional districts.

"This is an opportunity for citizens in the 11th Congressional District to participate first-hand in a historical process that will significantly impact elections and government policy for the next decade," Edwards, who will chair the public hearing, said in a news release. "We feel so strongly the public should contribute to this monumental work, that we and our legislative staff are traveling around the state to listen. I hope the citizens living in 11 District will recognize the important role they bear and join us on Sept. 21."

Members of the public may share their opinions on redistricting matters in person at the hearing. They may also submit their comments online at any time on the legislature's website. Those wishing to speak at Tuesday's public hearing at Western Carolina University may sign up on-site beginning one hour before the start time or sign up in advance here. The online sign-up portal will close four hours prior to start time.