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Senator wants veto of bills that alter Gwinnett districts
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Senator wants veto of bills that alter Gwinnett districts

TUCKER, Ga. -- State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) has sent a letter to Governor Nathan Deal asking him to veto one House bill and one Senate bill that alter the districts of the Gwinnett County Commission and Board of Education.

In the letter, Sen. Thompson tells the governor that HB 31EX, which changes the voting district for the school board, and SB 7EX, which changes the voting district for the county commission, are both in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Specifically, Sen. Thompson writes, the House bill dilutes African American voting power for the sole purpose of maintaining Republican incumbents, especially in the southern portion of Gwinnett County.

The Senate bill, Sen. Thompson writes, was "surreptitiously" added to the Supplemental Local Consent Calendar, effectively shielding it from evaluation or amendments. The senator alleges that Democrats were not shown the new district map prior to the vote.

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