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District line debate goes on

October 31, 2003

By Scott Hunter

Judge Louis Sands has scheduled a status meeting Wednesday to discuss how to proceed in redrawing the city's district lines.

William Wright who brought the original compliant says when he filed the motion he never imagined the confusion that would occur. " Chaos would probably be an understatement," says Wright.

Wright and the ACLU say the city's old district lines are based on outdated census information and dilute black voting strength. They submitted a new map Thursday hoping to correct that. " It recognizing the fact that we have almost 11,000 more black people in Albany as there were in 1992."

But until a new plan is approved no city elections can be held. It's likely will be early next year before voters can elect a new mayor and three city commissioners. Both Mayor Tommy Coleman and candidate ,Willie Adams, agree that a new election plan should be put in place. But the two men disagree on who should be involved.

In the end a judge will have to decide where the lines will fall. And all involved say the decisions made now will effect voters for years to come.

posted by Scott Hunter at 6:37 PM scott.hunter@walb.com