MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Bibb County commissioners scrap plans to use newly drawn district lines in this year's election, and opt to stick with the old ones.
The Bibb legislative delegation changed the redrawn maps, sent them to state Justice Department, where they may or may not be final approved. Commission Chairman Sam Hart tells 41NBC they decided to stick with the old maps, since qualifying happens next week and the changed maps might not be approved by then.
"What we're concerned about is not putting the county in a predicament where we have to do the vote over if the clearance doesn't occur," Hart tells 41NBC. "That's sort of what the Justice Department is looking at, to make sure that every vote counts."
The commissioners voted 4 to 1 to stick with the old maps, in order to avoid making the county vote again on the redrawn lines. Redistricting happens after each ten-year Census to more accurately reflect population shifts and changes.