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Local races may be delayed by court suit

August 15, 2002

Two lawsuits seek to stop Dougherty County's election for county commissioners and school board members. A Federal fudge's decision on the suits is expected before the weekend.

Five people have filed two lawsuits asking the judge to stop the August 20th primary election in Dougherty County next week. They say the county's voting districts are out of date and will not allow a fair election for commission and school board seats.

William Wright and other members of Albany NAACP filed a first lawsuit in April. Lawrence Knighton joined them in a second lawsuit August 8th. They say the County's districts have not been changed since 1990, and that population shifts will not allow a fair election.

Federal Judge Louis Sands held a hearing on these two lawsuits last week. Wright said he and the plaintiffs hope to have a ruling before the weekend. Even if the Dougherty County races were blocked by the judge's ruling, the voting in all other elections would go on as normal Tuesday.