UPDATE, October 1, 2012:
The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the 2012 redistricting of South Carolina congressional districts.
Read the AP article here: US Supreme Court upholds SC redistricting lines
Ballotopedia has the maps as sumbitted online here: Redistricting In South Carolina. We will post detailed versions of the maps when they become available.
UPDATE, October 21, 2011:
For up-to-date information on plans submitted and the status of federal oversight please visit the following links.
The Department of Justice is in the process of reviewing these plans:
An excellent overview of the redistricting process can be found here:
The South Carolina House of Representatives as released its draft plan for 2012 Congressional districts.
The configuration around Columbia remains much the same, but there are significant changes. The 6th District, currently held by sole remaining Democrat Jim Clyburn, has moved Southwest and now takes in peninsular Charleston and James Island. Union County and a quarter of Laurens have joined the 5th District. The 4th District now consists of solely Greenville and Spartanburg counties, though without the rural and suburban territory below Simpsonville.
This is not a bold move on the part of the Judicial Committee, though it will make the 5th District more conservative. It may also prompt some well funded South of Broad conservative to challenge Clyburn.
We will post more about this later. As always there will be comment and criticism from the South Carolina media and political spheres.
We would especially like to her plans for alternative methods of representation: Alternative Vote, Single Transferable Vote with or without multi-member districts, the D’Hondt method…how might these systems work in South Carolina?
Below you will find all four redistricting proposals, in slideshow format. The Judiciary Committee’s recommendation is simply entitled “South Carolina United States House Districts.”