Fayette, judge at odds on voting setup | www.myajc.com

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Fayette, judge at odds on voting setup | www.myajc.com

Fayette County commissioners could decide as early as Thursday whether to appeal a federal judge’s decision aimed at giving black residents a better shot at getting elected to public office.

County officials have said it’s not possible to create a voting district where most voters would be minorities. U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten differs. He ordered the county last week to establish district voting and to create one such majority-minority district.

County officials have repeatedly said their experts were only able to draw a map that could get, at best, less than 50 percent minority voters.

Batten, who was appointed to the federal court bench by President George W. Bush, used 2010 census data in his ruling. He found:

– 20.1 percent of Fayette’s population is black, with most black residents in the northern half. Fayetteville, in the northeast, is 24 percent black while Tyrone, on the northwest border, is a third black.

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