JOHNSTON COUNTY – On October 25, the NC General Assembly passed Senate Bill 68, granting Johnston County citizens the opportunity to have its Board of Education, elected from seven single-member residency districts.
The Johnston County Board of Education is made up of seven members. Beginning with the 2024 elections, Board of Education members will be elected from seven residency districts.
Residency districts mean that each Board member must reside in his or her district, but all voters in the county are able to vote for all 7 seats on the Board. These are distinct from electoral districts, in which only voters in that district can vote for that member’s seat. It is also distinct from an at-large voting system, in which candidates can reside anywhere in the county and all voters elect representatives from all at-large seats.
The previous election process was a nonpartisan process with all members serving as members at-large and was a method that did not take into account geographical representation. In efforts to provide representation from all areas of Johnston County, the Johnston County Board of Education has drafted district maps based on 2020 Census population totals.
During the November 7 regular scheduled meeting, the Board approved three maps to be presented to the public for viewing. The public can view the maps by visiting: https://www.johnston.k12.nc.us/page/residencydistricts
Visitors to the page will find more information on the residency district project, including drafts of residency district maps, answers to frequently asked questions, and an opportunity to provide comments.