Draft of new voting map tweaks Fayette districts

A proposed change would move the eastern boundary of Fayette's District 4 (in green) into a portion of the current District 2 (in pink). Courtesy Fayette County

Credit: Courtesy Fayette County

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A proposed change would move the eastern boundary of Fayette's District 4 (in green) into a portion of the current District 2 (in pink). Courtesy Fayette County

Credit: Courtesy Fayette County

Two local voting districts in Fayette County will get new boundaries if a draft of a new map becomes final. Attorney Bryan Tyson presented the draft at a recent Board of Commissioners meeting for public review, but no one spoke in favor or opposition. Redefining Districts 2 and 4 was deemed necessary based on populations changes noted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Tyson said that about 1,000 residents would be affected to achieve an ideal district size of approximately 29,799 people.

The new map would change the southeast edge of District 4, in Fayette’s northernmost area, extending it into the northwest corner of District 2′s current boundary.

Affected areas are along W. Fayetteville Road to the county line and along Ga. 85 to the power lines that Tyson said create a natural border.

The BOC in District 2 is represented by Lee Hearn and by Charles Rousseau in District 4. Hearn called the proposed change “a very reasonable approach.” The proposed map is posted in the meeting agenda at www.fayettecountyga.gov.

The Georgia General Assembly will finalize the new local district maps during its January session.