NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Over 50,000 people in New Hanover County have been moved out of the 7th Congressional District. They now belong to the 3rd Congressional District.
In July of 2011, new voting lines were approved in North Carolina under the Republican majority. Those maps moved a large part of downtown Wilmington, areas around UNCW, and most of Pender County out of the 7th Congressional District.
Of those 50,000 New Hanover County residents, 35% are African American.
In Pender County, 31,000 people were moved out of the 7th district and 26% of those people are black.
In total, redistricting took more than 27,00 African Americans in New Hanover and Pender Counties into the new district.
The move has created a lot of confusion among voters, "it's very unfair," said Will Corsey, a Wilmington resident.
"It's not a good thing," said Anthony Johnson. "It feels like you've been slighted a little."
Mayor Pro Tem, Dr. Earl Sheridan says a lot of education needs to be done between now and election day. "I'm not sure everybody does know what district they're in," said Sheridan. "I think some voter education needs to be done."
Election day is November 6, 2012. To learn more about the newly redistricted areas, click here.
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