Powder Springs city councilmen tonight could give their approval to changes to the city’s council district boundaries.
The changes are needed to bring the populations within the city’s three wards closer to one another. The population numbers are based on the 2010 Census. While this year’s municipal elections will not be the first since that Census, they are the first elections since the Census to involve the three wards.
Though councilmen could give their approval to the changes tonight, the new maps would still have to receive approval at the state and federal levels. The city’s local legislative delegation would have to introduce the maps as local legislation in front of the Georgia General Assembly. Upon receiving state officials’ approval, the maps would then have to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance under the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Once DOJ approval is given, the maps would be effective with this year’s municipal elections for ward representatives.
Residents on Nov. 5 will head to the polls to select council members for Wards 1, 2 and 3, which are currently being represented by Cheryl Sarvis, Al Thurman and Nancy Hudson, respectively. The qualifying period for the races has yet to be scheduled, but the qualifying fee for the council seats has been set at $360. The city’s website says qualifying dates will be announced in June.
PDF copies of the proposed maps are attached to this article.
The council meets at 7 tonight. A PDF copy of the draft agenda is attached to this article.
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