Georgia State Redistricting

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATE 9/2/2011 6:50 AM
ATLANTA, GA -- Georgia lawmakers sped through the work of redrawing the state's political boundaries in three contentious weeks, but the fiercest fight over redistricting is likely just beginning and could take years to resolve.

The proposed legislative and congressional maps have cleared the Legislature and must now be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval under the Voting Rights Act.

Georgia's history of discrimination at the ballot box means all election changes must pass muster with federal officials to ensure they don't weaken black voting power.

Even if the government signs off on the Republican-authored plans, they will likely face a court challenge from Democrats, who contend the maps rip apart their party's successful efforts to forge multi-racial coalitions. Republicans had control of the once-a-decade, partisan process for the first time.
UPDATE 8/31/2011 6:30 AM
ATLANTA, GA -- Georgia legislators are wrapping up their work redrawing the state's political boundaries.

Redistricting is expected to be completed on Wednesday as the state Senate votes on a new congressional map that adds a 14th district in northeast Georgia. The House has already approved the map.

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed new state Senate and House maps. All the plans must be approved by either the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal courts under the Voting Rights Act.

Legislators have been at the state Capitol for a special session to redraw district lines to line up with new U.S. Census data.

It's the first time Republicans in the state have controlled reapportionment from start to finish. Democrats are expected to challenge the maps in court.
UPDATE 8/16/2011
ATLANTA, GA -- Georgians will have their first opportunity to
weigh in on proposed new political boundaries for state House and
Senate districts.

Hearings will begin Tuesday at the state Capitol.

Democrats have complained that GOP maps would give Republicans a
supermajority while purging the state of white Democrats.

But Republicans -- who will control the state's redistricting
process from start to finish for the first time -- say they are
simply following the Voting Rights Act, which is designed to
protect minority voting interests.

The Senate reapportionment committee is scheduled to meet at 11
a.m. Tuesday and the House at 2 p.m.

Once signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, the maps must receive
approval from either the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal
ATLANTA, GA -- Lawmakers are set to start haggling over Georgia's proposed new political boundaries as the once-a-decade process of redistricting gets underway.

The special session that will focus on redistricting, along with issues including transportation, will open Monday at 10 a.m. The plans were unveiled to the public Friday.

Redistricting is required by federal law once every 10 years to adjust political lines according to population changes as reported by the decennial census. This is the first time Republican legislators have controlled the partisan process from start to finish, and some Democrats are already crying foul.

Georgia's growth has gained the state an additional
congressional seat, and the population shifts will mean losses in
the south and gains in the north in state representation in the
General Assembly.

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