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Voting districts take a new shape

October 14, 2002

Albany - Hundreds of Dougherty County voters may soon be casting ballots in a different district.

Federal Court Judges ruled several Georgia districts, including one in Albany, illegally reduced minority voting strength. So, county commissioners have drawn new maps.

The new maps move some voters from District 1 to District 5. District 5 Commissioner Art Searles says the black vote will still be diluted if this change is approved."The new maps don't solve the problem," said Searles. "I won't support these maps because they don't reflect the population change. According to the latest Census, 10,000 blacks moved into Albany and 10,000 whites moved out, but still our voting districts don't change."

No other voting districts would changed under this proposed reapportionment.