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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 O’Connor had proposed on Tuesday adding the black majority district and protecting another.

The ACLU proposal called for 11 black-majority districts among the Senate’s 46 seats. The proposal advancing to the Senate Judiciary Committee for debate today has nine.

Victoria Middleton, state director of the ACLU, said the panel’s plan has problems.

“We think the Senate’s 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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