Joint Proposal for Congressional Districts Released
A joint proposal for the congressional districts in Georgia has been released by the Majority Caucuses of the Georgia State House and Senate. The map and other proposed maps can be be found on the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office website under the “Proposed Plans” section.
Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement on the proposed map:
“Today, we have released a proposed map that reflects Georgia’s growing, diverse population, respects jurisdictional lines and communities of interest, and conforms to applicable legal standards including the Voting Rights Act. This map will now go through the legislative process in both the House and the Senate which will include public testimony and debate in both chambers.
“Unlike the unconstitutional maps drawn by a Democratic Majority in 2001, we have sought to plan for Georgia’s future rather than cling to its past. And we have done so in a manner that has been thorough, transparent and inclusive. That process has already included 11 hearings, more than 20 hours of public testimony and an online portal that has received more than 1,000 comments.
“I want to thank Chairman Bonnie Rich for leading the Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee through this important process that began months ago. She has represented our House of Representatives well every step of the way.
“We look forward to reflecting the will of the people of Georgia as we complete our work.”
A new political map of Georgia released Wednesday would help Republicans gain at least one seat in Congress, using redistricting to reverse Democratic gains and flip a district held by U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath.
The long-awaited map could increase Republicans’ 8-6 majority in Georgia’s congressional delegation by stretching a suburban Atlanta district into much more conservative areas to the north in Cherokee, Dawson and Forsyth counties.
The redistricting proposal arrives two weeks into a special legislative session, and the General Assembly’s Republican leadership plans rapid approval, solidifying their hold on Georgia’s delegation ahead of next year’s elections.