Dougherty Co. committee to reconsider 2 redistricting maps

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Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 4:45 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - By law, Dougherty County is required to re-district voting maps.

Two map options were recommended by the state and are being considered by a committee, which is made up of Dougherty County commissioners and school board members.

The lines are re-drawn based on census data.

Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines said Albany has lost 8,000 people from its population since the previous census.

Redistricting distributes that loss across all six districts. Each one would ideally have 14,298 constituents.

“We want to make sure that we are adhering to the one person, one vote philosophy as we make our recommendations to the board. but all in all, we’re just trying to make this as painless as possible for both our citizens and for our elected officials,” Gaines said.

If changes are implemented, constituents will be notified before the qualifying elections begin in March. No board of commissioners or school board members will be removed from office if the changes are approved by the local delegation and signed into law by the governor.

The proposed changes will not impact school zone boundaries.

The county will hold two public hearings on the maps, one on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and the other on Jan. 22 at noon. Both will be in room 100 of the Dougherty County Government Building. Here, residents can determine if they will be impacted by the proposed changes.

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