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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 9:06am

New Chatham Districts OK'd

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Chatham County’s new school board and county commission district maps.

Candidates for those offices qualified for the July primary last month under the previous version of the maps, so county officials told the Savannah Morning News they will check with the Secretary of State’s office to make sure elections can go ahead.

A Secretary of State spokesman said Tuesday afternoon it appears three candidates do not live in the districts where they qualified for office. He said it will be up to the Chatham County elections supervisor to decide how to proceed.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the new boundaries into law earlier this year.

Chatham and Augusta were the two remaining Georgia communities awaiting federal approval of their local redistricting efforts.

A federal judge is drawing Augusta’s new maps and has set 5p.m. Wednesday as the deadline for comments about his proposed districts.