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Dougherty School Board re-draws lines

October 14, 2002

Albany- In a joint resolution with the County Commission Monday, the School Board approved a new map that moves 500 black voters from district 5 to district 1.

Though the new map will change the concentration of minority voters, board members don't think it will upset voters.

"I am completely and perfectly satisfied with the reapportionment plan as am mended this evening. Obviously my district was one of the two districts affected, and I have absolutely no problem with the mathematical computation that was necessary to make the plan equitable," says Chairman and District 1 representative C. W. Grant.

Several black voters sued the board trying to stop this year's elections. They claim the elections were unfair because the districts are based on outdated census data.

Federal Judge Louis Sands refused to stop the elections. The school board and county commission did come up with new districts, but they were not put in place because local legislators did not support them in the General Assembly.

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