Savannah City Council members are talking about the racial make-up of their voting districts. The city is re-drawing council boundaries for the first time since a US Supreme Court ruling invalidated part of the Voting Rights Act. The ruling means Savannah doesn't have to ask federal officials for approval before adopting new voting districts.
After a contentious local attempt to redraw Augusta’s county commission and school board districts, a federal judge’s plan is getting few complaints. The U.S. district judge is now considering comments about his proposed district maps.
Candidates for some local offices may not know what districts they’re running in this year. In Athens, for example, newly-drawn districts with 2010 census data are awaiting federal approval. But candidates can’t wait.