Athens-Clarke County redistricting draws GOP ire

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The Athens-Clarke County Commission has proposed a redistricting plan for its own districts that includes two “super districts” that overlay the four regular districts.

Republican Senators Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn and Republican Rep. Doug McKillip suggested that the super districts may violate the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting strength of African-Americans.

Go read the full article by Blake Aued then come back here and argue about what the Voting Rights Act does and doesn’t protect and whether these maps are likely to pass DOJ scrutiny. That’ll give a couple of you something to do this afternoon.

If you want to talk about the Athens-Clarke County redistricting live and in-person, here are a couple possible opportunities this week:

The next Clarke County Democratic Committee (CCDC) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation, Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave. Democratic Party of Georgia Annual Fund Director Trevor Southerland is the featured speaker.

For more information, contact Karen Solheim at (706) 202-7515 or [email protected]


The Athens GOP has two speakers planned for this month’s meeting on Monday.

Doug Collins, candidate for the 9th Congressional District, will speak at 6:30 p.m. At 7, Joel Aaron from Americans for Prosperity will deliver a talk called Judicial 101 — a look at the different kinds of courts, the judicial selection/election process, and recent rulings that have over-ridden legislation.

The meeting takes place 6 p.m. at Country Inn and Suites at 236 Old Epps Bridge Road. For more information, go to

One comment

  1. Herb says:

    “Athens-Clarke County redistricting draws GOP ire”

    More reason to implement it. Remember when they cried “Voter Fraud!!!(tm)” in 2000? We never paid them back for that one. Besides that, super districts mean the Representative is accountable to more people, which keeps them honest, unless, of course, they’re a Republican/Blue Dog Democrat.

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