Jackson County’s four district board of commissioners seats need to be redrawn to meet federal voting guidelines. Two of the four BOC seats currently have 17,000-plus potential voters, while the other two districts have less than 13,000 each.
District 1, which is now served by Tom Crow, has a population of 17,596, and District 3, which is served by Bruce Yates, has 17,541 residents.
District 2, which is served by Chas Hardy, has a population of 12,950 , while District 4, served by Dwain Smith, has 12,398.
The BOC discussed possible redistricting options at an all-day retreat held last week at The Georgia Center in Athens. GIS director Joel Logan presented information on redistricting. No decisions were made, but the BOC would have to begin the process immediately in order to have the new districts in place by 2012. The next timeline would be having the changes in place by 2014.
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