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Sullivan Board of Education redistricting plan could alter re-election eligibility

September 17th, 2013 11:34 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan Board of Education redistricting plan could alter re-election eligibility

BLOUNTVILLE  — A proposed plan for redistricting Sullivan County Board of Education seats could mean a shake-up or two in current board members’ eligibility to seek re-election in 2016.

It would also change whom each of the BOE’s seven members represent, beginning with elections next August.

Candidates for the three BOE seats on the August 2014 ballot may begin picking up petitions to run in early January.

Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher has urged the Sullivan County Commission to act as soon as possible to finish the redistricting process in order to be able to clearly define new district boundaries before petitions are issued in those races.

The shift in boundaries is necessary to meet one- man, one-vote laws  — to make voter representation within each district as close to equal as possible.

Some districts are currently well outside the deviation allowed by  state law.

The county tweaked its county commission boundaries in 2011.

Booher pointed out then that the county’s school board districts were out of whack enough to warrant changes, but the county commission opted not to address the issue.



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