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Georgia District Maps in Violation

A federal judicial panel ruling says Georgia’s reapportionment maps, or districting lines, violate principles in the U.S. Constitution, which may push back the election.

Georgia's reapportionment maps violate the “one man, one vote” principal, basically meaning some Georgia voters would be under represented in the State Primary Elections, and no votes will be cast until the lines are redrawn.

Georgia's districting lines are under the microscope of federal officials. A panel ruled the state's reapportionment maps violate the "one man, one vote” principle. Now, there's a chance the July 20 primary election will be delayed.

Under the “one man, one vote” principle, each district must have an equal number of votes. A panel has given Legislature until March 1 to redraw its own map. Legislators say some Georgia voters may not what district they are until mid-March.

Thomas County’s deputy registrar says the 2002 redistricting debacle caused major problems for voters. Many were confused about who to vote for. She hopes the legislature redraws the maps in a timely manner to ensure things run smoothly, on a local level.

"If we have to redraw lines, it's a long process, we're going to have to move the voters that are affected, then we are going to have to notify them,” explains Chief Deputy Registrar Lisa Greene of Thomas County.

"I think the election is real important. I hope they figure it out before it comes time, to make things easier,” says Georgia voter Harrison Dale.

Greene says though redistricting is a tedious process, it's extremely important to make sure voters have equal representation. She says she'll do everything possible to keep the voters informed, so they'll know when to head to the polls.

The legislature has until March 1 to re-draw maps, so whether or not the counties in south Georgia will be affected is unsure.

If south Georgia districts are affected, local election officials say the voter’s precinct won't be affected, they are set on a local level and will not be changed, so regardless of the outcome, voters will go to their original voting precinct.


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