Justice Department Approves of County Council and School Board Redistricting Plans

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The Beaufort County Administrator has received written correspondence from the United States Department of Justice that the Attorney General does not interpose any objection to the redistricting plans as submitted for the Beaufort County Council and the Beaufort County School Board.

A plan that does not receive an objection is deemed approved as the Justice Department does not provide approval notices for any redistricting plan that it receives.

Beaufort County Ordinance Number 2011-25, which adopted the new district lines for County Council and School Board seats, becomes effective immediately and thereby eliminates the previous district lines and substitutes the new districts lines in their place.

Beaufort county was required to redraw its district lines by federal and state law after the 2010 census figures were released and certified to ensure equal representation between voters of the various districts. The approved plan, passed by County Council at its September 12th meeting, shifted one County Council district from the northern areas of the county to the southern areas to reflect the dramatic increase in population that has occurred in the Bluffton/Sun City area. The School Board District was also adjusted as the 1992 Act of the General Assembly requires that School Board members be elected from the same single member districts as County Council members.