Augusta, Georgia (WJBF) – In the State Capitol and in August, redistribution is at the forefront.
“What’s very important in relocating the district is that it basically determines who you allow to represent you in the vote,” spokesman Brian Prince said.
On Monday, the Richmond County Electoral Council discussed Senate Bills 457 and 458, which were recently passed by the Georgia Senate.
They would revise the boundary lines for Richmond County Board of Commissioners and County Board of Education counties.
Electoral Executive Director Travis Doss said the law could affect future primaries on May 24 if new cards are not approved by March 7.
“The only way we have is to qualify from old cards. So we would qualify from the current constituencies we have now, ”Dos said.
Some lawmakers have said the new cards do not reflect the contributions of citizens and the voices of the people.
“The first serious problem is that she did not pass the process. The process was democratic. People may disagree or agree, but you can’t come here unilaterally and make changes. I think this is the number one problem, ”said Senator Harold Jones.
The next step for the bill is to pass a commission hearing. Then it would have to take place in the House.
Senator Harold Jones said meanwhile people can still express their vote under the law.
“Contact and call all legislators and say, look, this is a process that has taken place. You agree with the maps that came out, you have to agree with the democratic process. ”