In the Georgia General Assembly today, House Republicans passed Senate Republicans’ proposed State Senate map, cementing for ten years a map that received an “F” grade for fairness from non-partisan experts despite pleas from Georgians to slow the process and allow for meaningful public dialogue. In response, Scott Hogan, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, released the following statement.
“The Senate map that House Republicans passed today fails Georgians on multiple fronts and does not reflect our state whatsoever. Georgia is evenly divided politically, and our state’s population growth over the past decade was powered by one million new non-white Georgians. Republicans’ State Senate map completely ignores both of these realities by giving the GOP fifty-nine percent of State Senate seats and neglecting to add a single majority-minority district.
“Georgia voters asked for fair maps and transparency, but Republicans have turned the once-a-decade redistricting process into a sham to cement their own power and silence Georgians’ voices. While Republicans are hellbent on rigging the system for their own partisan political gain, Democrats will not stop fighting for the fair maps that Georgians deserve.”
Critics have slammed Republicans not just for their skewed map, which non-partisan experts have given an “F” grade for fairness, but also for a “hasty process” that fails to incorporate feedback or provide enough time for public review. Meanwhile, Republicans have refused to answer basic questions about their map proposal, which diminishes the political power of voters of color and creates a “significant Republican advantage.”
Details about Republicans’ Georgia Senate map: