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Court proposes new map for district voting

A new district map to implement Fayette County’s new district voting format has been proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten.

A special called meeting of the Fayette County Commission slated for today at 4 p.m. to discuss the map in executive session has been POSTPONED due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.

The map will delineate the boundary lines for five geographic districts in the county, each of which will be tied to a specific seat on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education. A copy of the map is not yet publicly available because instead of posting it on the district court’s website, Batten had the files emailed to counsel for both parties, according to his order.

A hearing on the proposed map has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 18, as Judge Batten has not ordered the court’s version of the map as the law of the land.

Under district voting, Fayette residents will no longer be able to vote for all five members of each governing body. Instead they will only be able to vote for the geographic post corresponding with where they live.

Last year Batten agreed with plaintiffs including the Fayette County NAACP, who argued that the at-large voting system precluded black candidates from being elected to office. The remedy is to enact district voting and draw a special majority-minority district to essentially guarantee that one district will elect a black candidate.

The majority-minority district will likely stretch from north Fayetteville to the north and east, stretching toward Tyrone.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking as the qualifying period for local offices starts less than two weeks later on Monday, March 3.

Up for election this year are the county commission Post 5 seat currently held by Allen McCarty and the county commission post 4 seat currently held by Steve Brown. Also up for election are the board of education post 4 seat held by Bob Todd and the board of education post 5 seat held by Leonard Presberg.



Batten is inviting input on the proposal? Since when did that matter?

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Thanks a lot. For all your help with our redneck backwards county. Thanks, we really, really need your help.
God almighty, why do we have to suffer these liberal fools? Meaning both the batt-judge and the NAACP.
Go away - all of you.

Of course the short-term benefits of killing off the brown clown, maybe Barlow and the tin hat guy on BOC is certainly good, but long-term I do not like district voting. Maybe I can register as a dead Democrat in the other 4 districts and vote there too. That would make me feel better-for sure.
Has that ever been done? Huh? Anybody know?

Live free or die!

Are well known for a lot of deseased voters.

What is their ailment? (Just kidding - I know what you mean) Are you suggesting that Fayette County voters who may vote Democrat - may actually be deceased? Doesn't our election board have monitoring procedures in place to prevent this? Has this been a problem in Fayette County in the past? How do the demographics in FC compare to Chicago and Philadelphia?

I made no reference to political party, nor did I imply anything about FC. I'm just referencing past problems recognized in both cities.

If you want to pick an argument, just check out our county commissioner in Tyrone who makes claims of being godly yet demonizes democrats. Go after him, lol.

Too beautiful a day to 'pick' an argument All - stay safe and warm.

Cyclist's picture

what else are we going to do?????

Anyways, regarding your reminiscing post about Dion; just remember life is like a roll of toilet paper. The smaller (older) -it gets, the faster it rolls.

Stay warm.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Guess this matter sits at the bottom of the to do list.

They will draw a special majority-minority district to essentially guarantee that one district will elect a black candidate. WHAT!!!!

Really the districts should be drawn on HS boundaries if they are necessary.5 HS boundaries..5 districts.. Fair and balanced

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