Justice Dept. reviewing SC redistricting plan
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:07:12 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina's U.S. House redistricting plan that includes a new 7th District is under review by the U.S. Justice Department.
Legislative leaders said the submission Wednesday included documents and maps.
Gov. Nikki Haley signed the law Aug. 1 in Myrtle Beach. The new district is anchored in Horry County and stretches across the Pee Dee in the state's northeastern corner.
In addition to creating a new district, the changes impact all six current districts.
Any change to the state's election law must be cleared by the Justice Department under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
District lines are redrawn every decade to make sure they reflect population changes. South Carolina picked up a seventh seat in Congress because of population growth.
The district lines can be reviewed at the offices of the House and Senate judiciary committees or online by clicking here .
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)