Oconee County’s District 2 would add Fair Play, Earles Grove, and Townville

Some Oconee County residents would have new representation in the South Carolina House of Representatives based on a redistricting plan, which passed the House this week.

Under the new plan, Oconee County’s District 2, which is represented by Bill Sandifer, would have new boundaries and would expand to include the communities of Fair Play, Earles Grove and the Oconee portion of Townville. Oconee County would be represented in its entirety by two resident Representatives. District 2 would be represented by Sandifer and District 1 by Bill Whitmire.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the possibility of representing the residents of three additional communities in Oconee County under the new redistricting map. Over the last several years I have had numerous requests from residents of this area to have a Representative who is a resident of Oconee County. In fact, Townville is my wife Sandra’s hometown, so representing the people there is a natural fit. I am eager to start spending time in these three great communities and look forward to meeting as many people face-to-face as I can,” Sandifer said.

Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting voting district lines according to shifts in population. It takes place every decade following the Census to make sure that legislative and congressional districts properly represent changes in the state’s population, so that voting rights are protected.

Before becoming official, the new S.C. House redistricting lines must be approved by the South Carolina Senate and the Governor along with the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act.

To learn more, visit the South Carolina House Redistricting webpage.