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Federal judge rules on redistricting

April 23, 2004

Albany-The people running for Dougherty County Commission and School Board seats will be able to qualify on time under new district maps.

Friday, Federal Judge Louis Sands chose a map drawn by a court-appointed expert. It's similar to the current district map. Judge Sands' order blames local state legislators for not approving new districts and forcing the issue into his court.

"Plan three that has been adopted by the court and has been made an order of the court simply similar to the plan that the county and the school board worked out over two years ago, so absolutely," said Spencer Lee, county attorney.

Districts one, three and five will vote on commissioners and school board members in November. Qualifying for candidates opens Monday morning and runs through noon on Friday.

posted at 11:02 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com