Judge Approval of Cobb Commission Map Gives Clearance for July 31st Primary

A federal Judge recently issued a new Cobb Commission Map, rescuing Cobb from an extremely expensive special election and allowing the July 31st primary to be held as planned.

U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones came to Cobb County’s aid after the proposed map was approved in the House of Representatives but failed to receive approval in the Senate. The newly issued map closely resembles the Commission map that has been in place for the past 10 years, only varying from the original slightly. Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham retained McCollum field and parts of Kennesaw State University, and the Town Center Community Improvement District, while Commissioner JoAnn Birrell gained the majority of the Town Center CID, Kennesaw State University’s athletic fields and soccer stadium as well as the KSU Center. Amendments were required to the existing map due to population increases causing a need for minor geographic restructuring. Over all the map did not change drastically and meets federal regulation requirements set forth in the Federal Voting Rights Act and complies with the “one person, one vote” principle

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