Senators approve election district lines
Jun 8, 2011 11:03:00 PM - thestate.com
A panel of S.C. lawmakers rejected proposals on Wednesday to add a black majority district to the state Senate as it unanimously adopted a redistricting plan.
American Civil Liberties Union voting rights lawyer Katie OConnor had proposed on Tuesday adding the black majority district and protecting another.
The ACLU proposal called for 11 black-majority districts among the Senates 46 seats. The proposal advancing to the Senate Judiciary Committee for debate today has nine.
Victoria Middleton, state director of the ACLU, said the panels plan has problems.
We think the Senates plan is potentially retrogressive; it eliminates one majority-minority district while ours adds one. Our plan is more compact and more in line with the Voting Rights Act. It also reflects the demographic reality in South Carolina better, Middleton said.
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