Hall’s order cites the need for an expedited schedule in the April 19 suit filed by the Rev. K.B. Martin, former Augusta Commission candidate Sammie Sias and others against the commission and school board because of the start of candidate qualifying May 23, “to avoid unduly prejudicing the citizens and elected officials of Richmond County.”
The Tuesday deadline precedes a hearing in the case set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse at 600 James Brown Blvd. Plaintiffs filed the lawsuit after Augusta legislators failed to agree on a new district map based on 2010 U.S. Census figures, forcing the city to conduct elections under existing lines that are now unbalanced because of population shifts.