Grand Strand Senator Dick Elliott wants to change a legislative panel’s map of new Senate districts. He says the coastline is broken up into illogical segments.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee oversees the redrawing of maps for its own members’ districts. Elliott’s amendment is the only one the committee has carried over for full debate.
Elliott says he has been given more of the coast than he has had in the past 10 years, and he is struggling to maintain his base. He might be at a disadvantage, though because he is Democrat in a Republican majority state legislature.
He is specifically worried about his black constituents losing their voice in the Statehouse, but there is always a dilemma that comes with redrawing districts:
The full Judiciary Committee adopted two minor changes last week before sending its staff plan, S. 815, to the Senate, which reconvenes today. A technical correction by staff “healed” a split precinct and in another, Senators Luke Rankin of Horry and Raymond Cleary of Georgetown swapped two precincts.