County district voting decision expected Monday

The Fayette County Board of Elections as of press time on Friday afternoon had no word yet on any ruling from U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten as to whether or not the county will have to use district or at-large voting in the Sept. 15 special election to replace District 5 County Commissioner Pota Costa, who died of cancer last month.

Judge Batten heard arguments from Fayette County and from National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Thursday afternoon in Atlanta, and attendees reported that he said he would announce his ruling by Monday.

Coston was the first black person ever elected to the Fayette County Commission, which happened after district voting was implemented. Since then, the county has appealed to have at-large voting restored, and while they wait for that ruling, local voting laws revert back to the 2012 map and rules, which includes at-large voting.

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