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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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Georgia

Process

Line-drawing Power

Georgia's state legislative and congressional district lines are drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetos with a two-thirds vote in each chamber. Final plans must be approved by the 2022 candidate filing deadline, which is 11 weeks prior to the 2022 primary.

Criteria

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Georgia law requires that state legislative be contiguous. The legislative guidelines for the 2011-12 redistricting House and Senate committees required that the maps avoid the "unnecessary pairing of incumbents" and consider compactness, political subdivisions, and communities of interest. However, these guidelines specify that they were not meant to limit the committees' consideration of other factors.

Public Input

While Georgia law does not require public hearings, such hearings were held between May 16 and June 30 in the 2011 cycle. Should hearings be held again in 2021, it will likely be on a similar schedule.

Issues

Georgia poses a challenge for advocates of fair districting. Both chambers of the Legislature and the Governorship are controlled by Republicans, and there is no initiative process. This means that any redistricting reform will have to pass through the General Assembly.

  • The General Assembly itself has not shied away from redistricting fights. It redrew some state House districts in 2012 and 2015, with the latter occurring without Section 5's preclearance requirement and leading to two lawsuits (later consolidated as Thompson v. Kemp).

  • A third attempt at mid-decade redistricting occurred in 2017, but this measure died in the state Senate.

If single-party control remains when it is time to draw new maps in 2021, there will be an increased risk of partisan and racial gerrymandering.

A Voting Rights Act Section 2 case (Dwight v. Raffensperger) is being considered by a federal court. The case challenges Georgia's 12th congressional district as allegedly diluting the votes of black voters in southeastern Georgia by cracking the population.

Actions

Use public input to persuade the Legislature to draw fair districts.

  • Obtain Georgia redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

  • Submit these maps to the Legislature as a public comment.

If racial or partisan offenses are committed in the next redistricting cycle, federal and state lawsuits.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Republican
Governor's Political Party: Republican
Last Updated: Feb 19 2020