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JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
A resolution that passed this week will now let Jackson County voters decide in 2014 if they want to have their commissioners voted at large or by district.
Jackson County currently has four commissioners. Each must live in a district, but voters countywide decide who will live in what district.
Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges said requests have been made to the commission to change how commissioners are elected.
District voting would allow officials to only run and be voted on by district and not have to run a countywide race. Some believe it would be beneficial because district residents would be able to hold an individual commissioner accountable.
However, there are also drawbacks.
"We've got a great commission in place whether we have district voting with this commission or not," said Hodges. "I don't think it's going to make a difference, but it is a concern on the disadvantage that you'll have commissioners that seek to do only for their district and not look at the county as a whole, which I think is always an important part of governing."
Hodges said they will soon put in a formal request to their legislative delegation to have a local bill approved for the 2014 referendum.
If approved by the voters, new district lines must be drawn based on equal population.