The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Brunswick Division on Friday approved Long County’s final district lines and set the date for the next general primary, according to County Commission Chairman Bobby Walker.
The district lines vary little from the map that initially was approved Oct. 30, but minor changes did affect Districts 2, 3 and 5, Walker said. The fire station and polling place on Alma Flournoy Road that had been in District 2 now are in District 5, and the polling place at Faith Baptist Church in Ludowici that had been in District 3 also now is in District 5.
The court rescheduled the general primary for March 12. The general election will be in May, but a date has not yet been set, Walker said.
An issue regarding board of education candidate Julie Norman’s residency has been resolved. A correction has been made and her residence is back in District 5, where she originally ran unopposed. On the district map that initially was drawn in October, her home was in District 3.
The original general primary was July 31. In that election, six seats changed — three on the county commission and three on the board of education. However, on Aug. 27, the two governmental entities learned the election had been ruled invalid by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice because the recently redistricted county did not meet required guidelines under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.