Meeting focuses on redistricting impact

ALBANY, Ga. — Redrawing voting districts for the General Assembly will affect Albany and Dougherty County residents.

John Howard plans to assist, with his guest state Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, in explaining the meaning of the changes at his usual fourth Saturday of the month Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m.

The meeting at the East Albany Community Center, 1721 E. Oglethorpe Blvd., will last about an hour and a half.

“We are losing representation to north Georgia and Atlanta,” Fullerton said. “Issues like the Flint River’s water are at stake for us.”

According to Fullerton, the north portion of the state has plans to build dams and reservoirs on the Flint River. Irrigation, drinking and recreational waters of the Flint would be diverted to Atlanta’s growing population.

Promising to bring maps to help with her explanation of what will happen in redistricting, Fullerton said that for the region there will be changes, including the loss of a state senator and elections between candidates who may not favor Dougherty County.

As a primer, Howard said questions that will be answered will include what redistricting is, why it is required every 10 years and facts on population increases and decreases in Albany and the state.

As usual, Howard’s meetings start and end promptly. He said that all concerned citizens should plan to attend.