Judge expected to vote soon on Guilford redistricting law

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A judge is expected to decide Thursday on an injunction that relates to whether 43,000 Guilford County taxpayers will have a commissioner to vote for.

Judge William Osteen recently filed a temporary injunction that stopped any candidate from filing for a position with Guilford County Commissioners.

The injunction relates to a state law passed last year that reduced the number of county commissioners from 11 to 9. Eight of the commissioners would be voted in by districts, and one would be voted at-large.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a lawsuit wanting some type of representation in District 6, which covers parts of the county west of downtown Greensboro. The suit claims the redrawn maps have no commissioner representing District 6.

Those in favor of the suit argued the law clearly presents a violation of the "one person, one vote" rule for voters in not only District 6 but also the districts without two commissioners.

The suit claims the redrawn districts would have two commissioners apiece in Districts 3 and 7.

Attorneys with the state want to wait until legislators meet in May and come up with another proposal.