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Voters don't seem very interested in proposed changes to Albany city commission district lines. Just a handful of people wandered into a public hearing Thursday.

It gave the public a chance to see and comment on two proposed maps.

The city's northwest and northeast districts will see the biggest changes based on population shifts.

City officials say it's still early in the process.

The city commission probably won't vote on a map until early next year, but they'd like input from the public.

"What happens is different neighborhoods typically because you try to move neighborhood types and groups together you don't just want to arbitrarily cut a line will have to be shifted back and forth and each of the members in a district may have certain desires one way or the other so that's one of the things that makes it interesting is when the politicians get in and try to shape the wards they want to represent," said Wes Smith, Albany Assistant City Manager.

Districts 1 and 6 don't change at all on either map.

City officials will schedule more hearings later.

New county districts that will be used for County Commission and School Board elections have been approved and are under review by the U.S. Justice Department.