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COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The Cobb County Fee Tuesday took its first step at tossing out Republican drawn fee district maps and reinstating the unique Democrat drawn maps, although doing so is probably not authorized below Georgia’s Structure.
Channel 2′s Richard Elliot discovered the controversy is sophisticated. Historically, the Georgia Normal Meeting permits native legislative delegations to redraw fee district strains each 10 years throughout reapportionment. Democrats management the Cobb County Legislative Delegation, and earlier this 12 months, they drew these strains.
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However then, the Republican minority on that delegation drew their very own district strains, and acquired them authorised by the GOP-controlled legislature, prompting fury amongst Cobb Democrats, although most consultants believed the Republican transfer was authorized. The identical transfer was accomplished in Gwinnett County.
Now, the Democrat-controlled Cobb County Fee needs to place the unique maps again, and voted to try this Tuesday, the primary of two required votes.
County Fee Chair Lisa Cupid, a Democrat, believes their efforts to invoke “Residence Rule” and put the strains again are authorized.
“No board or no native delegation ought to really feel as if the state goes to usurp the curiosity of the native authorities within the redrawing of maps,” Cupid mentioned.
Republican County Commissioner JoAnn Birrell insists what the fee is doing isn’t authorized.
“Now we have no energy and authority over the state legislature,” mentioned Birrell. “The Home and Senate handed it in February and the Governor signed it into legislation, and we’ve already had a major on the brand new districts.”
County Legal professional William Rowling mentioned no Georgia courtroom had ever made a ruling on a case like this, and he expects there will probably be a authorized problem.
The fee will vote once more on the measure at its October twenty fifth assembly.
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