Group plans redistricting forum

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:39 PM
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The watchdog group Common Cause Georgia, as part of the Georgia Redistricting Alliance, will host a forum Thursday to prepare concerned residents for an upcoming redistricting hearing in Augusta.

The forum will help residents "articulate what's important in their communities," in advance of Tuesday's hearing, which seeks public comment on the way U.S. Congress and Georgia Senate and House lines are redrawn to reflect population changes, said Common Cause board member Terry Taylor.

Due to 2010 census gains, Georgia will add a seat in Congress, while flat growth in Augusta means the city likely will lose pull in the General Assembly as state legislative districts are redrawn to add people.

How those lines are drawn will be determined when the General Assembly convenes August 15, but the public shouldn't miss its opportunity to weigh in, Taylor said.

"Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests," said Krista Brewer of Georgia WAND, another member organization of Georgia Redistricting Alliance.

The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. The state House and Senate Joint Redistricting Committee hearing begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the student activity center at Augusta State University.

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Chillen 05/11/11 - 03:14 pm
Sounds like a liberal group

Sounds like a liberal group who is rightfully concerned that the redistricting won't go well for the dems. Newflash. It won't.

irishfarmer 05/12/11 - 04:15 am
Our Districts are a joke and

Our Districts are a joke and anyone can see that. District 22 state senate(Hardie Davis) should be made bigger both on its south and north end. House seats of Quincy Murphy and Gloria Frazier should be redrawn as well. The districts are not fair that I have used as examples. They are one party sided and that is for the Democratic Party. Republicans of Augusta this is the chance we have to make these districts more fair so that a republican or any other party can have a chance to compete. It is time for the crooked Roy Barnes Districts to go and time for them to end. Im not saying make them a lock for a Republican but make the more fair and competitive. Give others political parties a chance. I end with a question to and for every Augusta Richmond County citizen. What has the Democratic Party done for you/us? It is time to make them have to work to get elected not just stroll into office. It is time for every voice to finally speak. Make Our Districts fair and balanced!

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