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Alabama lawmakers and residents get used to new voting maps

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One thing in store for 2022 are new legislative and Congressional districts across new voting district maps could affect voter maps in some of the State’s fastest growing areas.

Alabama redraws district lines for the Legislature and Congress following the census head count. The idea is to keep the number of residents about the same in all districts. That’s where Baldwin County could see changes. Its population grew by close to 30 percent.

Fairhope area State House member Joe Faust says that means his district will shrink to make room for others.

“They took Silverhill and Robertsdale away from me,” said Faust. “I don’t have that anymore and Summerdale. That was a good area for me. Whatever it is, we’re going to serve the people.”

Alabama didn’t grow that much in the last 10 years, but Baldwin County’s population jump of 30 percent could mean voters will be represented by somebody else, whether they want it or not.

Faust says that’s created some communication issues.

“Some of the people from Silverhill were upset about it,” he noted. “I said communications is close by. You need something from me, I’ll work with whoever is your representative, try to get what you want done.”

A panel of three federal judges may also have a say in things. They heard arguments on whether the new voting maps fairly represent Blacks in the State.

Guy Busby is an Alabama native and lifelong Gulf Coast resident. He has been covering people, events and interesting occurrences on America’s South Coast for more than 20 years. His experiences include riding in hot-air balloons and watching a ship being sunk as a diving reef. His awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists as part of the APR team on the series “Oil and Water,” on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some of his other interests include writing, photography and history. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Silverhill.
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