Voting reform group meets May 4

Citizens for a Better Sussex (CBS), a grassroots political activism group calling for greater county representation in eastern Sussex County, will meet Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., at the South Coastal Library (Bethany Beach).

CBS advocates for Sussex County Council seats voted on countywide, rather than only by residents of each geographical district.

According to CBS, more than 60 percent of the county’s population lives east of Route 113, but only Council Member George Cole’s 4th District encompasses a majority voting bloc impacted by rapid population growth.

Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) has introduced a bill (HB 143) that would increase the number of council seats from five to seven ahead of the 2010 U.S. Census. (Additional support from Sens. George Howard Bunting, 20th District, and F. Gary Simpson, 18th District.)

The new bill, presently in the Housing & Community Affairs Committee (April 26), asks for redistricting by the county in 2007, and new council members by 2008.

However, CBS is holding out for a bill with countywide voting, and from the press release, “All those who want to gain better representation by the 2006 election should attend the May 4th meeting.”

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