South Carolina Senate redistricting

Some Democratic senators are filibustering today to delay a vote on redrawing district lines.

A federal court drew election districts for the Senate in 2001, based on the latest United States Census. That came after Governor Jim Hodges vetoed the plan the General Assembly had approved.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston says the new plan would be better, since it splits no precincts among different Senate districts. He says the court plan divides 130 voting precincts.

But Hopkins Senator Darrell Jackson says there is no reason to spend time and money redrawing the districts when the state faces a budget crisis.

Jackson blocked action on the plan yesterday. He tried to do the same this morning, but his objection was overruled. That is when some Democrats began their filibuster.

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