Georgia House and Senate Pass Redistricting Maps despite criticism from Democrats
The Georgia House and Senate both voted to pass new congressional, House, and Senate maps Tuesday.
The redistricting process began when US District Judge Steve Jones declared in October that Georgia’s congressional, state Senate, and state House maps violated federal law.
The maps have been extensively criticized by Georgia Democrats, who claim that the plans disenfranchise Black voters. The new maps would eliminate the congressional district currently represented by Democrat Lucy McBath.
Republicans, on the other hand, claim that the proposed maps fulfill all legal obligations by creating new districts in which Black residents will make up the majority of voters. The new maps will likely preserve the balance of power in favor of Republicans in Congressional and State races. The maps will now move onto the governor’s desk for final approval or veto.