Voting in the May 24 primary? Your districts might look different — from Congress all the way down to the local school board.
When 2020 census data was released — following a long delay due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — voting bodies were required to adjust district lines to keep populations substantially equal between districts.
Legislators started drawing new maps last fall, and federal, state and county maps were approved by the end of the 2022 legislative session in April.
Hall County’s population grew by 13% over the past decade, up to 203,136 people. Voters in South Hall, which has grown significantly over the last decade, saw the most change in who will represent them.
Hall County included four state House districts. Now it includes seven.
Shifting district lines also affected a couple of incumbents. Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gillsville, represented District 30, but now he lives in District 31, meaning 92% of those he now represents will vote for a new representative in the state House.
In Congress, U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, was drawn out of the 9th District, which he has represented since 2021. He is still running for re-election in the same district, which is permitted by law for congressional seats.
Hall’s districts for commission and school board also shifted some, especially on the south end.
How the voting works
Most voting is done by district, except for Hall County Board of Education. In those races, all voters who live in the Hall school system vote for each post. Those in the city districts of Gainesville or Buford would not vote since they have their own school district.
Registered voters can check their district information at My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov. For more information about what’s up for election and the candidates, visit gainesvilletimes.com/election2022.
What the districts look like
Senate District 49, which represents most of Hall County, changed slightly.
Some House Districts shifted significantly, with Hall County now being included as a portion of several districts it wasn't before.