This interactive map by The Telegraph shows major differences between a Bibb County Board of Commissioners map approved by Georgia's General Assembly this spring and the current map in use by the commission. The legislature's map is undergoing scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Justice, which would have to approve it before it could be used.
Colored areas show the current commission districts. Thick white lines show the borders drawn by legislators.
The biggest changes are in the current District 2 seat now held by Bert Bivins. The northern part of that area would move significantly north and west. The southern portion of the district -- the Rutland area bordered by Interstate 75 and Houston Road -- would be eliminated completely, moving into the current District 4 now represented by Joe Allen.
The Rutland area is predominately white and Republican. The District 4 changes would move it from 49.8 percent black voting-age population to 39.9 percent.
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In August 2011, Bibb County commissioners developed their own map proposal, which was much closer to the current map. That map was rejected by legislators and therefore us not being considered by the U.S. Department of Justice, which wants to know about alternatives considered and rejected.
To contact reporter Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.