Expedited schedule set in Richmond County redistricting lawsuit

Parties impacted and seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit over Augusta Commission and Richmond County school board district lines have until noon Tuesday to do so, according to an order from Judge J. Randal Hall, a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.

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.

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